- Walk across the lawn, if you leave footprints, it’s time to water.
- “Cycle and Soak” – Water in in two to three short cycles rather than a single long period of time is more efficient and beneficial and allows the water to soak deeply into the ground between the cycles. For example, Water for four minutes, wait at least 60 minutes to allow soil to absorb the water. Then water another four minutes, and then wait again. If necessary, water another four minutes. Chances are you will see a significant improvement in your lawn’s beauty and health.
- Position sprinklers so they’re not watering driveways and walkways.
- Follow the City’s Irrigation Zone Schedule and water only when needed on the two specific days assigned to your neighborhood.
- Hand-water with a hose where possible. Homeowners who water with a handheld hose routinely use one-third less water outdoors than those using an automatic sprinkler system.
- Water lawns when wind speed is low to reduce over spray.
- When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
- Consult the Fort Bend County Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service for expert lawn care and irrigation advice.
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Whether called Xeriscape, water-wise or water-smart landscaping, landscape and water industry professionals throughout the nation have embraced landscape water conservation through education.