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Two Easy Sprinkler Tips that Go a Long Way

Save water and money by adjusting your sprinkler timer. Here’s how:

  • Water your landscapes before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. At that time, temperatures are cooler and the air is calmer so evaporation is kept to a minimum.
  • Water your landscapes twice a week. Watering thoroughly, but infrequently, will help roots go deeper, resulting in more water–efficient, drought–tolerant plants. Note: Newer plantings, vegetables, and potted plants may need more frequent watering. Be sure to check with your local garden center or landscape professional for more specific information on how much water your plants needs.

Adopt this good housekeeping practice and you’ll not only avoid watering your neighborhood’s sidewalks, but you’ll be helping to keep Orange County’s beaches and waterways safe for everyone to enjoy!

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  1. Moulton Niguel Water District Says:

    April 11th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Water to save money?  Cut down your sprinkler watering time.

  2. Tom Cain Says:

    August 10th, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Setting the timer to water 4 days per week… twice a day at 2 minutes (late evenings and very early morning) or less per station, keeps the soil hydrated and thus, requires less water. Your theory that watering once a week is suspect.. you would have run each station a long time before the soil re accepts the moisture… the first 3-4 minutes of run time.. the water runs off… because the soil is harden/sealed from several days of no hydration. I have tested this method (measured gpm / type of sprinkler head / per station) and have excel data if you are interested.

  3. Gnorman the Gnome Says:

    August 18th, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Hello gneighbor Tom,

    Would you be interested in sending me more water saving tips that you have found work for you? I would very much appreciate your wisdom!