Landscape Watering Tips

Drought Watch

The dry weather conditions have Broomfield in a Drought Watch. 

Broomfield's current drought mitigation provisions include  Municipal Code 13-36 Drought Watering Restrictions,
which allow for Council to declare a drought emergency when determined it is necessary to implement mandatory water conservation measures for the preservation of public property, health, peace, and safety of the public.  Drought Conditions I, II, and III in Municipal Code 13-36 define specific, mandatory, and enforceable actions and measures required for each level of mandatory drought watering restrictions in detail.

Under the current drought watch, residents are encouraged to follow voluntary reductions to reduce the need to implement water use restrictions.  Voluntary actions include: no outside water use between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; reducing lawn watering to 2 days per week for no more than 3 hours; and using a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.

Any other water conservation measures implemented are appreciated.  A little effort can make a big difference in conserving this valuable resource.

Even small leaks in your home's water system can add up. Check out this handy guide to detecting leaks.

 Seasonal Lawn Watering Guidelines 


The following are standard recommendations to help customers reduce water use, save money and protect future water supplies. 

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  1. Wait to water lawns. Don't turn on sprinklers too early in the season. Leaving lawns dormant longer will save water, and will not compromise the longevity of your lawn.  April is too early to go automatic, plan on programming your sprinkler system to start in May or June. Hand-water trees and plants as needed – trees offer many benefits such as shade and habitat, and are often greatly impacted by drought, so keep an eye on the health of your trees and water them when needed. 
  2. Water less frequently.  Check with your water supplier for water use rules. Watering twice a week will make grass roots grow deeper and allow the grass to last longer without water. Cycling sprinkler system run times can prevent excess water runoff; visual inspections after an initial watering cycle will make this apparent. An example of a better watering schedule is setting each zone to water for five minutes then wait an hour, water for five minutes again, wait one more hour then water for a final five minutes. This breaks up the 15 minutes of watering into three cycles, allowing the water to have time to absorb into dense and compact soils.
  3. Water in the evening, night or early morning.  Watering landscapes in the early morning or at night will help reduce water loss. During the daytime heat, less water will be available to plants due to loss from evaporation and wind. Please check with your local water provider for your current water restrictions, including watering hours. 
  4. When it rains, water accordingly. Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly. Use soil moisture sensors or rain sensors to automatically adjust watering schedules when it rains. Consider installing a WaterSense Smart Irrigation Controller.  Check with your water supplier for potential rebates on irrigation equipment and other opportunities.
  5. Let grass grow longer before cutting it. Raise lawn mower blades and protect lawns from heat by letting grass grow longer (3-3.5”).  A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture, so your lawn requires less water.
  6. Water lawns, plants and trees - not roads and sidewalks. Check to see if your irrigation heads are broken, tilted or not set-up properly by scheduling an irrigation assessment. Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of spraying with a hose – but please not down the storm drain or into the street gutter. Use hand-watering, deep root watering, or drip irrigation for trees, shrubs, bushes, perennial beds, annual flowers and vegetable gardens. Always use a shut-off nozzle on your hose when watering plants.
  7. Fix leaks. Check your sprinkler system monthly for broken sprinkler heads and damaged irrigation lines.  Hire a professional to conduct a sprinkler assessment – check with your water supplier, many have low cost or no cost sprinkler assessment programs for their community. A well maintained system will save both money and water. 
  8. Plan ahead and plan efficiently. If possible, delay new lawn installations for a non-drought year and avoid planting during the mid-summer heat. If you’ve already purchased a water-wise garden this year, plant early in the morning or evening in May. Incorporate water-wise plants and turf when planning landscape renovations or installations.

Every water system is unique.  All water customers are encouraged to check with their water supplier for specific outdoor watering rules or restrictions, and for tools and resources to protect this resource, ensure our supply, and reduce homeowners’ and businesses’ impacts and bills.

Tips, Tricks and How To Information

VIDEOS: Water Conservation Tips, Tricks & How Tos 

How To Fix a Sprinkler Head

 Starting Up Your Sprinklers

Winterizing Your Sprinklers

 Adjusting Sprinkler Heads

Sprinkler System Management


Other Watering

​Turf Information

If the next few months are hot and dry, new turf that was installed last fall may need some irrigation until roots are established.

Tree Information

All of Broomfield's customers are encouraged to water trees and shrubs as needed. Trees and shrubs in City and County parks will also be watered as needed if conditions do turn hot and dry.  For information regarding winter tree watering, click here.

Water Rebates and Audits 

You or your business may qualify for rebates and/or a water conservation assessment if you receive a utility bill from the City and County of Broomfield! Making your home or business more water-efficient is good for the environment, may reduce your water and sewer bill, and saves energy, too.

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