Outdoor Watering & Landscape Tips

Outdoor Watering and Landscape Tips

    • Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance check-up. For more water efficient cooling, check yours annually.
    • When washing the car, use soap and water from a bucket. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle for the final rinse.
    • Use a broom, not a hose, when cleaning your driveway and sidewalks.
    • Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster, and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
    • Check for hidden leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you have a leak.
    • If you have a well, check your pump periodically. Listen to hear if the pump kicks on and off while water is not being used. If it does, you have a leak.

  • If you have a lawn, chances are that this is your biggest water use. Typically, at least 50% of water consumed by households is used outdoors.

    • Adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered, not the house, sidewalk or street.
    • Don’t water on windy days.
    • Water your lawn every third day in the summer. Always water during the cool time of day to minimize evaporation-early morning or late evening is best.
    • A heavy rain means you don’t have to water at all.
    • For landscaping use native or other low-water use trees, shrubs and plants.
    • Minimize grass areas in your yard-less grass means less water.
    • Using a layer of mulch around plants reduces evaporation and promotes plant growth.
    • When mowing, raise the blades level to its highest level. Close cut grass makes the roots work harder, requiring more water.

    1. Plan and design your landscaping area – evaluate your site and inventory existing plants.
    2. Evaluate your turf area – identify drainage problems.
    3. Use efficient irrigation methods – make appropriate seasonal adjustments. Remember not to water on windy days, and water only during the cool times of the day.
    4. Use soil amendments – This allows for better water absorption and holding capacity.
    5. Use mulches – mulches include rock, decomposed granite and wood chips.
    6. Incorporate low-water use plants – Consider using wildflower seeds.
    7. Appropriate maintenance – This includes proper pruning, weeding, fertilization and irrigation system adjustments.

  • For established low water use trees, the watering is based upon 2 gallon per hour emitters, 6-10 emitters per tree. Duration of watering time is 3 to 5 hours under the canopy line, subject to soil conditions.

    • During the winter months, water once per month if no supplemental rain is received.
    • During the spring and fall months, water twice per month.
    • For the summer months, water once per week depending on temperatures.

  • Watering is based upon 2 gallon per hour emitters, 1 to 2 emitters per plant, for 2 to 3 hours.

    • During winter months, water once to twice per month.
    • During spring and fall months, water once per week.
    • For the summer months, water once to two times per week depending on temperatures.

  • The following information is based on watering established turf for a duration of approximately 30 minutes.

    • During the winter months, water dormant turf once per month if no supplemental rain is received.
    • Established winter rye-water once to twice per week.
    • During the spring and fall months, water twice per week.
    • For the summer months, water three times per week depending on temperatures.

    • Spring bloomers are best planted in the fall, and plant summer bloomers prior to the monsoon season.
    • Choose a sunny site.
    • Loosen the soil surface with a rake or a trowel.
    • Mix wildflower seeds with soil, sand or mulch.
    • Distribute seed mix evenly over the planting site.
    • Keep seeds moist for a few weeks to facilitate seed germination.
    • Once seedlings are established, occasional irrigation will help promote successful flowering.


  • Public Works
  • Public Works Admin
  • Public Works Building

    433 N Virginia St

  • 928-777-1130


  • Starting April 15th  through November 1, Prescott City Code requires that outdoor watering occurs between 8PM and 8AM.

    City Code: 3-10 – Water Conservation

  • Yes! Visit waterrebates.com to submit your water conservation rebate application online!

  • Yes! The City of Prescott offers a free water use history report consisting of a review of your water use patterns and a water use self assessment. More details…

  • Yes! Visit the prescottwatersmart.com for landscaping ideas, a native plant list, local watering guide, and more!

  • The City offers rebates for both indoor and outdoor conservation.

    Water Conservation Incentive Credit Program Rules and Information

  • The City’s website is full of ideas that can help you to live WaterSMART and save on your utility bill. More details…


Prescott Christmas Parade Route and Event Street Closures for December 4, 2021

Posted on December 3, 2021

Enhanced security measures will be in place The City of Prescott will be implementing enhanced security protocols and street closures for the Christmas Parade and Courthouse lighting. Some streets will remain closed longer than usual, to promote enhanced security for… Read more »

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