The following are recommended tips:
Minimize evaporation by watering during the
early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are
lighter. It would be best for any area, if automated sprinkler
system timers were set to start and run between 3 am and 6 am.
Watering this early helps reduce system demand during peak periods
and results in deeper watering that is better for the lawn and
better for sprinkler system performance.
Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so
that you are only watering your lawn and not the house, sidewalk,
Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation
and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to reduce runoff
and allow for better absorption every time you water.
Only water your lawn when needed. You can tell this by simply
walking across your lawn. If you leave footprints, it's time to
Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades
root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped
Install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to
eliminate unnecessary watering.
Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for
leaks and keep the heads in good shape.
Don't water your lawn on windy days. After all, sidewalks and
driveways don't need water.
When watering grass on steep slopes, use a soaker hose to prevent
Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete
with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
Teach your family how to shut off your automatic watering systems.
Turn sprinklers off if the system is malfunctioning or when a
storm is approaching.
Use sprinklers that throw big drops of water close to the ground.
Smaller drops of water and mist often evaporate before they hit
Visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
website for useful information.
Drought Mitigation Center