During drought conditions, outdoor watering restrictions may be imposed. Therefore, some of the following tips will not apply.
- Detect and repair all leaks in irrigation systems.
- Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only - not the street or sidewalk.
- Use properly treated wastewater for irrigation where available.
- Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems.
- Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Do not water on windy days.
- Water trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems, longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants which require smaller amounts of water more often. Check with local extension service on the amount and frequency of watering needed in your area.
- Have your soil tested for nutrient content and add organic matter if needed. Good soil absorbs and retains water better.
- Minimize turf areas and use native grasses.
- Use native plants in your landscape. They require less care and water than ornamental varieties.
Maintaining the Landscape
- Minimize or eliminate fertilizing which requires additional watering and promotes new growth which will also need additional watering.
- Raise your lawn mower cutting height. Longer grass blades help shade each other, cut down on evaporation, and inhibit weed growth.
- Remove thatch and aerate turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone.
- Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
Ornamental Water Features
- Do not install or use ornamental water features unless they recycle the water. Use signs to indicate that water is recycled.
- Do not operate during a drought.