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Make Every Drop Count

For lawns, a loss of shine or the lingering presence of footprints indicate that it's time to water.

Water Infrequently But Deeply to Moisten the Whole Root Zone

  • For lawns, a loss of shine or the lingering presence of footprints indicate that it's time to water.
  • If your soil is dry or compacted, stop watering for a while and then restart; this prevents runoff.
  • Vegetables and other annuals should be watered at the first sign of droop, or about one inch a week.
  • Trees and shrubs usually don't need to be watered once they are fully established (2 to 4 years).

Make Every Drop Count

  • Water in the early morning; plant leaves dry out and this prevents fungal disease.
  • Use mulch around plants to hold in moisture.
  • Choose native plants.
  • Use timers, soaker hoses or drip irrigation to manage water use.
  • Don't water the sidewalk.

Let the Rain Soak In

  • Direct downspouts out onto lawns and garden beds.
  • Use open pavers, gravel or other types of pavement that let rain in.
  • Create swales to direct rooftop rain toward your plants.

If You Have an Irrigation System

  • Inspect the system once a month - look for leaks or heads that are plugged or misdirected.
  • Test and adjust the system annually and make any necessary repairs.
  • Install a rain shutoff device.
  • Adjust the watering schedule throughout the growing season - plants need a lot less water in May and September than they do in July and August.

Learn more..
Watering Guidelines for new plantings - Saving Water Partnership (external)
Make or buy a rain barrel - Department of Natural Resources and Parks Rain Barrel Information
More about lawn watering (external)

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Updated: Jun. 22, 2016

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