Use the following best practices to help make your landscape water wise.
Select plants that match the landscape’s soil, light, water, and climatic conditions and group together plants with similar needs. Plants that are appropriate for a site generally need less water and maintenance, and they minimize the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
When rainfall is retained and used within a landscape, the need for irrigation is minimized and pollution from stormwater runoff is reduced.
Properly designed and installed irrigation systems use water more efficiently. Regular inspections and maintenance of these systems ensures efficient operation. Seasonal schedules can adjust to changing needs throughout the year. Even well-designed systems should be inspected monthly for leaks, broken parts and proper adjustment, including controllers/timers and rain shut-off devices.