Outdoor Watering Tips

Types of Grass

Did you know that turf grass has one of the highest water needs? If you find that you are not using your lawn area for any purpose other than to mow, you may want to consider reducing the size of your lawn or replacing it with groundcover or even native grasses.

Water Less

If you water your lawn every day, you are encouraging shallow roots. Generally, watering deeper on fewer days per week will encourage deeper root growth and a healthier lawn. Water your lawn only when the grass does not spring back when you step on it. Set a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn your sprinkler off.

Shady Areas

Water areas that are in the shade about 30% less than sunny areas. Shade creates a microclimate of cooler temperatures and lower evaporation, so plants need less water.
Barefeet on green grass
Just step on it!
If it bounces back, your grass is good. If the grass flattens, it needs a drink.

Watering in the Wind

Don't use sprinklers on windy days. It results in uneven watering and over spray onto sidewalks and pavement. Installing drip irrigation for plantings and low angle sprinkler heads for your lawn will keep water throw near the ground where it resists blowing away.


Apply a three-inch layer of mulch or compost around plants to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth, and reduce weeds. Keep mulch a few inches away from tree trunks to prevent rot.

Learn More

For questions or to learn more about water conservation, please contact the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office at (706) 613-3729.