Welcome to WaterSmart Yard where you’ll find free weekly watering recommendations for your garden. You can also listen to these recommendations as a recording by calling 707-543-3466.
Current Irrigation Recommendations
Current Irrigation Schedule Recommendations, last updated September 16th, 2021. The Watering Index this week is 73%. The Minutes per Week are the total minutes for the entire week, to be split up on different watering days as needed.
Grass (Pop-Up Spray)
1 - 2
2 - 3
Grass (Rotor / Impact)
1 - 2
2 - 3
Low Water Plants (Drip)
Moderate Water Plants (Drip)
*These watering recommendations replace soil moisture lost last week and do not look at predicted weather. The “Minutes per Week” recommendations assume an average irrigation flow rate (spray and drip). Your garden may need more or less water depending on your site conditions.
*Suggested run times are based on an irrigation efficiency of 100%. While drip irrigation is about 95% efficient, sprinkler efficiency varies greatly and is often 40 - 70%.
An irrigation controller can be intimidating but it’s simply a clock that turns your irrigation system on and off. Let us help create a watering schedule to match weather conditions and your plant's actual water needs.
Weather Data Source
Santa Rosa Water has two weather stations with the State of California’s CIMIS program:
Station #83 on Llano Road (West side of town)
Station #158 at the Bennett Valley Golf Course (East side of town)
Weather data from these two stations are averaged and then used to create the WaterSmart Yard weekly irrigation scheduling recommendations.
Trees are one of the most valuable elements in your landscape. Urban trees combat climate change, provide shade, clean the air, enhance public health, and contribute to vibrant, sustainable communities.
Water trees gradually and deeply to ensure that your trees thrive. Apply water slowly and evenly to the tree’s root zone, saturating the soil to a depth of 12-18+ inches. Trees should be watered in multiple locations within the drip line (canopy) of the tree. For more detailed recommendations about tree watering, view Canopy’s recommendations for mature, and young trees.
Use special care with Oak Trees: Valley Oak, Coast Live Oak, and Blue Oak do not tolerate irrigation in the dry months. Ideally, no supplemental irrigation should be applied to these trees except during exceedingly hot and dry, drought conditions.
For more information on the benefits of trees and how to care for them, visit Canopy.