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Water Wise Efficiency Outdoor Tips
In the summer, outdoor water use can account for 50 to 80% of home water use! Much of the water used outdoors is wasted through inefficient landscape watering practices. Reduce the amount of water we waste to protect the quality of life for future Texans.
  • Add organic matter to improve landscape soil for water retention.
  • Adjust automatic sprinkler settings often, don’t set in the spring and leave it all season.
  • Apply fertilizer in the spring and fall. Do not use too much fertilizer to avoid run off and pollution.
  • Do not cut grass more than 1/3 of its length at one time.
  • Drop irrigation is the most efficient method of landscape watering.
  • Harvest rain water into a barrel for future watering.
  • If you wash your car at home, use a bucket of soapy water and a hose nozzle that shuts off the water while you scrub.
  • Install rain shut-off devices to prevent watering in the rain.
  • Make sure that all of your sprinklers are set to only water your yard. Adjust the pressure or move them to ensure that the water is not being wasted on pavement or roadways.
  • Once a month, run sprinklers for a short time on each cycle while you are home to make sure they are working properly.
  • One inch of water once a week should be sufficient for most lawns.
  • Over-watering turf will encourage a short root system that is not drought tolerant.
  • Plant water efficient, well-adapted, drought tolerant native shrubs and trees.
  • Reduce the run time of sprinklers on shrubs and shady areas.
  • Taller grass holds moisture better and encourages deeper roots.
  • Turn off decorative fountains on windy days and during droughts.
  • Use one to three inches of mulch around landscaping.
  • Use a sprinkler that produces large drops close to the ground. Use a timer to turn off sprinkler.
  • Use drought tolerant ground-cover instead of grass in narrow, sloping areas or close to pavement.
  • Water in early morning or late evening during hot summer months.