THE TIME OF DAY YOU WATER MATTERS. Early morning (midnight to 9 a.m.) or late at night (8 p.m. to midnight) will keep more water on your landscape rather than evaporating in the heat and wind.
HOW LONG YOU WATER MATTERS. Much of our SCV soil is clay, which means there is typically runoff after 5 minutes of traditional irrigation. By breaking the 10-minute watering time into two 5-minute or less cycles, your landscape will soak up more of the water it needs.
YOUR IRRIGATION ZONES MATTER. Two 5-minute cycles are allowed per irrigation zone. Therefore, each section of your groundcover, shrubs or other landscaped areas can be watered a maximum of twice a day, no more than 5 minutes each time. Grouping plants of similar irrigation needs allows for the most efficient use of water.
However, if you need to hand-water brown spots, you can do so when using a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle. This smart practice is more efficient than increasing how much you run your sprinklers.