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Program Contact: Spokane County Master Gardeners
(509) 477-2181 •

Water is essential to our everyday lives. And, our supplies are limited… so please use water wisely. Cutting water use inside and outside our homes is really important. If each of us changed our water-use habits, we could save billions of gallons of water. Here are a few tips that can help conserve water outdoors:

  • Early morning watering is best. Some experts estimate that 50 percent of the water evaporates when watering between noon and 6 p.m.
  • Adjust your sprinkler to avoid the pavement; otherwise, evaporation will claim all the water that doesn’t end up on your lawn.
  • Turn your system off if it’s raining. A smart controller can do this for you and make sure your lawn gets the right amount of water.
  • Consider replacing lawn with native plantings. Native plants naturally need less water and thrive in our environment.


Waterwise Landscaping Resource List

Waterwise Landscaping Resource List (PDF)

Landscaping with Nature’s Beauty Resource List (PDF)


Web Links

Slow the Flow

Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer

WSU Watering Information:

The WSU Extension Publication Store carries the following helpful publications.  Many publications are available for download at no cost.

  • Lawns and Other Turf
  • Watering Home Gardens and Landscape Plants
  • Vegetable Crops
  • Tree Fruit
  • Water Conservation in Gardens and Landscapes
  • Drip Irrigation for the Yard and Garden

WSU websites:

Gardening in Washington State
Washington’s Water