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Have a healthy lawn with less water

You can have a green, healthy lawn and cut down on your water use at the same time, ultimately saving you money.

Do this by making sure your sprinkler system is properly adjusted and running efficiently, giving your lawn only as much water as it needs.

Watering two days a week should be enough for your landscape during most of the summer. When necessary, such as during extreme heat or dry periods, water a third day.

Water trees and shrubs as needed. Shrubs and perennials need half as much water as lawns.

Longer grass is more water efficient. Keep cool season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass between 2.5-3.5 inches and warm season grasses between 1-3 inches.

Remember that our annual summer watering rules, which run from May 1 to Oct. 1, do not allow watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There are no assigned watering days, but never water more than three days a week. Use the chart below as a starting point to determine the number of minutes to water each zone on the days you water.

Sprinkler Times (month and minutes per zone)

Fixed spray head
Fixed spray heads

Rotor head
Rotor heads

Rotary/high-efficiency nozzle
Rotary/high-efficiency nozzles

Manual sprinkler
Manual sprinklers

June 17 35 43 26
July 18 36 45 27