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Gardening Tips

The lawn and garden are a great place to practice water efficiency. Use them as a clean slate to stimulate creativity in your choice of colorful, drought tolerant plants, shrubs and trees.

Watering Tips

  • Water deeply and infrequently, about one inch every 5-7 days.
  • Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
  • Watch for signs of thirst in your lawn and water only when needed.
  • Water slowly for better absorption. With clay soils, turn off the sprinkler when runoff occurs. Wait 20 minutes for water to absorb into ground. Dig a test hole to see how deeply it absorbed. Repeat steps until the water penetrates six inches deep.
  • Never water on windy days.
  • Consider using drip irrigation in flower and vegetable gardens for greater water efficiency.
  • Discover the beauty and benefits of mulch. Mulch helps your soil retain water around plants. Apply at least two inches around shrubs, trees, plants and vegetable gardens, several times a year.
  • Eliminate unwanted weeds which drink water intended for plants.
  • Install a rain sensor to prevent water waste.
  • Keep grass blades longer in the summer. This will shade the soil and provide better water retention.


Report Water Waste

Fort Worth has year-round watering restrictions which include a no more than twice a week irrigation schedule. Please report water waste online or use the MyFtWorth app for smartphones. Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions.



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