There are several ways to improve water efficiency with your landscaping with a few changes in your landscape and pasture/crop management. Although our water supply seems to be plentiful this year, it is a good habit to practice water conservation which also can be healthier for your plants and soil.

Here are some ways to conserve water outdoors:

• Know your plants watering needs and don’t over water. Over-watering can make your plants susceptible to fungus and other pests and diseases.

• Native plants require little to no additional water once established.

• Plant your flowers and plants in groupings as to their water and sunlight needs.

• Container plants can dry out quickly, but plants in the ground typically like more infrequent, yet deeper watering. Try watering on alternating days instead of daily.

• Use a soil moisture probe to help you determine when plants need water. (Can be purchased at lawn and garden stores.)

• Alternate days with your lawn sprinklers and water at night to minimize evaporation losses.

• Apply mulch around trees and plants to keep the soil cool and retain moisture.

• Avoid overspray from sprinklers onto sidewalks, patios and driveways and avoid any run off from your property into local streams.

• Adjust your lawnmower’s cutting height higher to retain soil moisture and allow the roots to grow deeper requiring less water.

• Check your irrigation system for leaks.