- Water in the early morning. This is ideal because it is usually cooler and less chance for winds that can evaporate water. While this is the same for the evening, watering at night could keep plants damp causing fungus or bacteria
- Watering deeply is key! It is important to water down to the root zone. Taking the time to determine where that is will give you a plan on the amount of time you need to water. You can do this by sticking an 8 inch screwdriver into the ground after you water. Your watering should have soaked to at least 6 – 7 inches. If you have not reached that point, you need to increase your watering time. This process is best achieved by “layer watering”. Water until saturation, let it soak in for a while, then water again. Creating layers of water to reach your “deep soaking” will eliminate run off. The soil can only absorb so much at one time, thus “layering” allows the goal to be reached and will conserve at the same time.
- Watering evenly is equally important. Possible dry zones can create stress. Check to make sure that each zone of your sprinkler system is doing its job by reaching the full span of the zone. Check sprinkler heads to make sure they are functioning properly.
Your garden area can be watered much the same way. Soaker hoses area great for deep watering of flower beds as well as around foundations which need soaking also.
By using these few simple steps, you can make sure that your landscape will have the moisture it needs and you will also be doing your part to conserve water.