Proper Winter Watering during Dry spells

Truckee Meadows Water Authority Reminds Customers about Proper Winter Watering during Dry Spells

(RENO, Nev.) – Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) reminds residents that trees, shrubs, lawns and other plants need supplemental water to stay healthy during extended winter dry spells like the one we are in now. TMWA’s Conservation Department offers these tips to help your yard get through a dry winter, while still protecting your home.

  • Water in the late morning, when the water has plenty of time to reach the root zones without freezing.
  • For trees and shrubs, a soaker hose is a great way to gradually water the roots. It slowly seeps water out, so you can leave it on for an hour or two at a time.
  • For smaller plants or small turf areas, a hose with a nozzle is recommended.
  • For larger turf areas, you may want to turn on your irrigation system. Leave the sprinklers on during the day for only 10 minutes at a time to prevent runoff.

Whatever the tool, be sure your hose or irrigation system is disconnected and properly drained the same day to prevents leaks and broken pipes due to freezing overnight temperatures. Visit for more information.

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