March 2, 2016
Water smarts:
Tips for using irrigation water more efficiently

  • Install rain sensors on sprinkler systems.
  • Adjust irrigation timers according to seasonal needs.
  • Detect and repair all leaks in irrigation systems.
  • Water trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems, longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants which require smaller amounts of water more often.
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only — not the street or sidewalk.
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Do not water on windy days.
  • Use properly treated wastewater for irrigation where available.
  • Have system serviced regularly.
  • Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
  • Remove thatch and aerate turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone.
  • Raise your lawn mower cutting height — longer grass blades help shade each other, cutting down on evaporation. They also inhibit weed growth.
Ornamental water features:
  • Do not install or use ornamental water features unless they recycle the water.



WSIP Certified Irrigation Contractors
Book an assessment today by calling one of the following contractors:
Company Website Phone Number Certification Year
 Angus Inground Sprinkler Company  1-800-661-9569  2014
 Diamond Irrigation Services  905-727-7005  2014
 DJ Rain & Co. Ltd.  416-746-8860  2014
 Ecosense Irrigation Solutions  905-889-4100  2015
 Greenturf Irrigation Systems  905-655-3331  2015
 Landscape Irrigation Systems Inc.   905-824-5213  2014
 Lawn-Tech Inc.  416-651-1740  2014
 Raintree Irrigation and Outdoor Systems  416-237-9457  2014
 SMART Watering Systems Inc.  1-888-444-1530  2014
 The Waterboys Contracting Inc.  416-399-2002  2015

For more resources, visit:

To find an irrigation professional near you, visit the Find a company page
and click on Irrigation.

For more handy watering tips, simply type the word irrigation or water into the Search Box located at the top of this page for related articles.