Water Wise Landscape
In addition to using water wise landscaping, adjusting how and when you water can help save water.
- Get in the zone.
- Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure, and soil. Different zones will almost always need different watering schedules.
- Consider soil type.
- Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste.
- Don't send water down the drain.
- Set sprinklers to water plants, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or buildings.
- Water only when needed.
- Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus.
- Water at the best time.
- Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30% due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool - typically between the evening and early morning.
- Water more often for shorter periods.
- For example, set your system to run for three, five minute intervals instead of fifteen minutes at one time. This lets soil absorb more water, reducing runoff.
- Adapt watering to the season.
- Familiarize yourself with the settings on your irrigation controller and adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather conditions, or invest in a smart controller so your system can make these changes automatically.