1. Adjust sprinklers. If you have water running down your driveway or road – you are using too much. Runoff from over watered lawns washes away topsoil, fertilizer and pesticides that pollute our waterways. Do not water on windy days.
2. One inch per week is all your lawn needs. Watering less often produces a deeper, healthier root system. Over watering promotes shallow root growth, making your lawn less hardy.
3. Read your meter. To find out where you use water most, read your meter before and after watering each zone. Armed with that information, you can decide how best to conserve water around your garden.
4. When choosing plants, remember the smaller ones require less water to become established.
5. Plant in the spring or fall, when watering requirements are lower.
6. Apply mulch to cool the soil surface, reduce evaporation, and retard weed growth.
7. Sweep, do not hose, your sidewalks and driveways.
8. Use native, drought resistant plants.
9. Aerate your lawn, it will use less water and be healthier.
10. Use soaker hoses when possible.
11. Use hose timers – available at any garden store.
Lawn Watering Guide
Here is a simple way to determine your watering needs. Remember to alter your watering practices according to weather conditions and to skip at least 1 day after any substantial rainfall of 1/4 inch or more.
Place several flat bottom (tuna or similar) cans around your lawn.
Turn on sprinkler(s) for 15 minutes.
Measure water depth in cans with a ruler and determine average depth.
Use the following chart and read the number of minutes you should water every third (3rd) day. Record the time for future reference.
|Average Depth||1/8 inch||1/4 inch||3/8 inch||1/2 inch||5/8 inch||3/4 inch||1 inch||1 1/8 inch|
|Minutes to water|
every 3rd day
|60 minutes||30 minutes||20 minutes||15 minutes||12 minutes||10 minutes||8 minutes||7 minitues|