Urban Irrigation

Q. when can i irrigate my lawn?

A. Irrigation on your lawns and lanscapes is permitted between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. On average, lawns need about one inch of water per week.

Q. what are some tools i can use to implement smart irrigation at home?

A. There are lots of tools that allow homewowners to use Smart Irrigation practices in their lawns and landscapes. This can be as sohpisticated as rain sensors and soil moisture sensors connected to your sprinkler system, or something as simple as a rain guage that can allow you to make more informed watering decisions.

Q. what home irrigation system is best for me?

A. Tailor your irrigation system to your plant needs for the most efficient water use. While rotor or spray sprinklers may be best for turf and large areas, drip irrigation is best in garden beds.

Q. what are some considerations when planning my landscape for maximum irrigation efficiency?

A. Plant choice is of the upmost importance! Select turfgrass and plants that are well adapted to the climate, and group plants with similar sun exposure and water needs to increase efficiency. You may also consider the plant functionality, such as incorporating an herb or vegetable garden. Adding organic matter to the soil and mulching landscaped areas are also some planning considerations that can impact water efficiency.

Q. i want to learn more about being a smart irrigator at my home. What should I do?

A. There are lots of ways you can get involved and learn more about Smart Irrigation in your own landscapes and lawn. Your local extension office is a great resource for learning more and planning your landscape. You can also take the My Drop Counts pledge-- a statewide campaign to commit to Smart Irrigation at home-- at mydropcounts.org.