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…


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