According to the City of Fort Collins, lawn watering accounts for nearly half of the water used annually by most homes, and up to 70% of water demand on a summer day. Lawns typically get more water than needed, and too much water can be just as damaging as not enough. Aside from monitoring overall water usage, there are ways to increase your yard’s water retention. These tips from our experts can cut down your water bill, keep plants from being overwatered and help conserve your city’s municipal water supply.

For Your Lawn
  • Water in the evening or at night to ensure you’re not losing water to evaporation on hot days.
  • Aerating your lawn is an important part of maintenance. It loosens soil and prevents water run-off, promoting better plant health overall.
  • Avoid watering on windy or rainy days.
For Your Garden
  • Water in the evening two hours before the sun sets to keep the water from evaporating too quickly.

  • To maximize water efficiency and plant growth, place 1 to 2 inches of organic matter or compost on the soil surface and till into the soil to a depth of 12 inches.

  • Spread mulch 1 to 2 inches deep on the soil surface between and around plants to reduce water evaporation and prevent weeds.

  • Mulch garden area with organic matter such as grass clippings, leaves, or other composted materials to depths of 3 inches or less on the soil surface, which will reduce water evaporation.

For Your Plants and Trees
  • When considering watering priorities, remember that your trees can take years and a significant investment to replace.

  • Adding mulch around trees and plants will help retain water and eliminate any runoff.

  • Water newly planted trees more frequently than more established trees.

  • Utilize water wise plants when planning your landscaping.


*Adapted from Colorado State University Extension