Texas Living

How to Water Your Lawn Efficiently

By Staci Parks 7.7.22

Water is a precious resource in Texas. While the Lone Star State might have an abundance of lakes and rivers, water conservation and water availability are two significant environmental issues Texans face. Of the 320 gallons of water the average American family uses each day, about 30% is devoted to outdoor use, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. And this number increases in dry climates such as Texas.

Understanding the most efficient way to water your lawn can save you time, money, and water. Use these tips for watering your lawn efficiently.

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Water

While watering your lawn might seem like a necessary evil, there are ways to conserve water while giving your lawn what it needs.

  • Time it right. Water early in the morning or later in the evening to prevent evaporation from the hot Texas sun. Watering at this time of the day allows water to soak into the soil, down to the grass roots.
  • Understand the frequency. Water your lawn once or twice a week. The amount of time you spend watering will depend on the size of your lawn.
  • Don’t overdo it. Most lawns only need up to 1.5 inches of water a week either from rainfall or watering. Overwatering your lawn can make it susceptible to insect damage, weeds, and diseases.
  • Location matters. If you’re using a sprinkler system, place sprinkler heads so that the sprays overlap. This placement ensures that your lawn will get full coverage from the irrigation system.

Be Water Aware

Texas’ water supply continues to be stretched thin with continued population growth and a fluctuating climate. Droughts and water restrictions are becoming an everyday part of life for Texas throughout the state. Some Texas cities have permanent watering restrictions in place as part of water conservation efforts. So, before developing a watering strategy, check with your local city government for any restrictions or guidelines.

Go Native

Some Texans are embracing their yards’ natural states through rewilding, a progressive approach to conservation that helps restore sustainable biodiversity. This process can involve incorporating plants that are native to Texas, such as Texas lantana and butterfly weed. These resilient plants are easier to maintain and require less watering. They’ve already adapted to the unrelenting Texas climate! However, you might want to check with your homeowners’ association before making any drastic landscaping changes.

Learn about other ways to water your lawn without turning on a hose — DIY your own rain barrel.

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