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Spring Planting Tips

Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to update your landscaping.  Follow these planting and irrigation tips to help you save money and conserve resources while creating your beautifully landscaped yard.

Landscape with water-wise landscaping principles.

  • Use native plants or plants that require little water to thrive in your region.
  • Plant turf grass only in areas where people will use it actively for recreation.
  • Organize your landscape into hydrozones with a distinct watering schedule for each. Hydrozones are areas of landscape with plant and vegetation that have similar water requirements. This prevents over-watering some plants and under-watering others.
  • Keep soil healthy and add mulch to prevent water loss through evaporation.
  • If watering with a hose, make sure it has a shut-off nozzle.
  • Water in the morning to prevent water loss due to evaporation. Avoid watering when it is windy.
  • Use a rain barrel to collect water for use in the landscape.
  • Add a graywater system to collect water from your washing machine, shower, or bath, and use it in the landscape.

If an irrigation system is used, make sure it is properly set up and maintained.

  • Install a WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controller
  • Install and maintain a rain sensor, either wireless or wired, on the irrigation controller if it does not have one built-in.  Be sure to take advantage of PWC’s Rain Sensor Program between April-October.
  • Regularly inspect the sprinkler heads to make sure they are not damaged or malfunctioning.
  • Adjust sprinklers so they are not spraying water on paved surfaces such as the sidewalk or driveway.
  • For more information, visit the Landscape, Irrigation, and Outdoor Water Use section of the AWE Resource Library.