Watering Your Yard

The best approach to creating a watering schedule is to follow nature’s lead. Try not to overwater and know your plants will survive dry spells. Keep in mind grasses and some plants go semi-dormant in the peak heat of summertime.
When watering your yard:  

  • Stay Flexible: Your watering schedule will change so keep a general and flexible idea of how much water you will need based on observations from previous years, taking into account seasonal variations.
  • Grow the Landscape with Less: Take a moderate as needed approach to watering. Grass signals that it needs water by losing its spring: When you walk across the lawn and see your footprints, your lawn probably needs to be watered. If plants look yellow-brown or withered, they likely need water. Follow local water ordinances to make sure your region is not experiencing drought.
  • Take Advantage of Rain: Rainfall can save you from having to water. A good rain can eliminate the need to water for about 2 weeks (depending on your region and climate). Better yet, capture the rain in barrels to make the most of this “free” water.
  • Avoid High Sun: The best time to water is when the sun is low. This reduces evaporation and gives plants enough time to absorb the water. Morning watering is best.
  • Water the Base: Direct water to the roots of plants and not on the leaves, as this could cause rot, disease or fungus.

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