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Outdoor Tips


Updated: 5/2022


In Your Yard

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Follow Washington
County’s watering
schedule guide,
found here.
Most of us give our
lawns more water
than needed. Next
time you turn on your
sprinklers, place an
empty tuna can in the
yard. Once the can is
full, you’ve given your
lawn all the water it
When it’s windy, wait
to water. During
windy weather, more
water evaporates and
less gets to your grass
or plants.
Choose water smart
plants that are suited
for the Chihuahuan
Use an automatic
shut-off nozzle on
your hose to save
hundreds of gallons
of water while you
wash your car.
Check your irrigation
system for clogged,
broken, or missing
sprinkler heads. If
you’re not the do-it
yourself type, go with
a pro —look for an
Consider a WaterSense® 
Smart Irrigation Controller.
Examine points
where the sprinkler
heads connect to
pipes/hoses. If water
is pooling in your
landscape or you have
large wet areas, you
could have a leak in
your system. A leak as
small as the tip of a
ballpoint pen (1/32nd
of an inch) can waste
about 6,300 gallons
of water per month.
Direct your
sprinklers to apply
water only to your
lawn or prized plants.
Make sure you are
not watering the
driveway, house, or




Adjust your lawn
mower to the height
of 1.5 to 2 inches.
Taller grass shades
roots and holds soil
moisture better than
short grass.





Leave lawn clippings
to decompose on your
grass. Clippings
provide nutrients,
help cool the ground
and retain moisture.






Aerate your lawn
periodically to
improve air flow and
compaction. Holes
every six inches will
allow water to reach
the roots, rather than
run off the surface.




Let your lawn go
dormant (brown)
during the winter.
Dormant grass only
needs to be watered
every three to four
weeks, less if it rains.





Remember to weed
your lawn and garden
regularly so that
weeds don’t compete
with other plants for
nutrients and water.
Hire a qualified
professional to install
your irrigation
system and keep it
working properly and
efficiently. A licensed
irrigator is the way
to go!
Use fertilizers
sparingly. While they
promote plant
growth, they also
increase water



Instead of building a
private pool, join a
community pool.
Use a pool cover to
help keep your pool
clean, reduce
chemical use and
prevent water loss
through evaporation.
Make sure your
swimming pool,
fountain and/or pond
is equipped with
recirculating pumps.
Minimize or
eliminate the use of
waterfalls and sprays
in your pool. Aeration

General Outdoor Tips

Winterize outdoor
spigots when
temperatures dip
below freezing to
prevent pipes from
leaking or bursting.
Use a commercial car
wash that recycles
Wash your pets
outdoors, in an area
of your lawn that
needs water.
When cleaning out
fish tanks, give the
nutrient-rich water to
your non-edible
Use a broom instead
of a hose to clean
patios, sidewalks and
Evaporative coolers
require annual
maintenance check.
If you have an
evaporative cooler,
direct the water drain
to plants in your
Report broken pipes,
leaky hydrants, and
water waste to
property owners or to
the LDWA.
Know where your
master water shut-off
valve is located. If a
pipe bursts, this
could save hundreds
of gallons of water
and prevent property