To Water or Not to Water


We may not realize it, but we often over water our gardens. It’s expensive and not good for the plants. We come home from work and see our plants looking faint, so we water them even though they may not need it.

Plants, including lawns, have a natural defense against our hot Texas heat. They wilt in the afternoon. This reduces their surface area exposed to the sun, and reduces water loss. No matter how much water is given to plants in the afternoon or evening, they are not going to perk up until the temperatures cool off overnight.

A great way to determine if your plants or lawn need water is to check them in the morning. If your garden is perky in the morning, it doesn’t need water. If your garden looks a bit wilted in the morning, it needs water. Give it a try. It’s an easy way to determine if it is (or isn’t) time to water.

As a reminder, the City of Dallas imposed a mandatory watering schedule between April 1 and October 31. All sprinkler and automatic irrigation system watering is limited to two days per week and is prohibited Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Watering is also prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on allowed watering days.

City of Dallas Maximum Twice per Week Watering Schedule:

Last Digit of Address Allowed Watering Days
0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 (even numbers) Sundays and Thursdays
1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 (odd numbers) Saturdays and Wednesdays
No address number Sundays and Thursdays

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