Practice Smart Watering

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Water is essential for plants, along with light, air and nutrients, but too much water causes more harm than good. In fact, over-watering is a common problem that weakens plants, inviting pests and diseases into your landscape. Giving each area of your garden just the right amount of water is easier than ever with the help of automatic drip lines, soaker hoses and rain sensors. Even without this technology, following some simple watering guidelines will reduce maintenance needs and save valuable water for people, salmon and other wildlife.

  • Water infrequently, but deeply.
  • Moisten the entire root area.
  • Mulch planting beds to reduce water evaporation.
  • Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation in plant beds.
  • Match your watering schedule to weather conditions, use timers and add hose shut-off nozzles.
  • Check automatic irrigation systems regularly for problems and install a rain sensor.


  • Save money on water bills.
  • Reduce yard work by growing healthier plants.
  • Protect and conserve our fresh water resources for people and wildlife.

Additional Resources

Lawns Guide Watering Guide
Drip and Soak Guide
A Homeowner’s Guide to Becoming Sprinkler Savvy (video)
Converting Sprinklers to Drip Irrigation (video)
Setting an Automatic Sprinkler Schedule (video)
Cascade Water Alliance