Outdoor Tips

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  • Use a rain barrel to capture rainwater for irrigation.
  • Make sure your sprinklers are not watering the street, driveway, or sidewalk. (Watering impervious surfaces, such as streets and sidewalks, is prohibited in Greensboro.)
  • If you have an automatic irrigation system, set your rain sensor to override your system after 1/4 inch of rain has fallen. (Rain sensors are required for automatic irrigation systems in Greensboro.) Track and calculate irrigation use through Turf Irrigation Management System (TIMS) Water Management Program, a site developed by the North Carolina State University Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education (CENTERE) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).
  • Water during early morning hours or in the evening to reduce evaporation.
  • Be sure not to over-water your lawn. Step on your grass to see if it needs water. If it springs back, it doesn't need to be watered.


  • Apply mulch around trees and plants to retain moisture in the soil.
  • Set lawnmower blades for the maximum height for your type of grass (three inches for fescue).
  • Use native and drought tolerant plants.

Remember to check for leaks!

  • Check under your house for any signs of leakage.
  • Regularly inspect water hoses and connectors for leaks.
  • Check for unusually wet areas, or check your meter for leaks.