To help a landscape withstand local water restrictions, set the sprinkler to run according to the soil's capacity to absorb water, said Johnette Taylor, state landscape director for the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. "Watch your irrigation system run, and see how long it takes for the water to puddle up on you or run off onto the sidewalks or driveway. That’s usually about three, four, five, six minutes," she said. After letting the watered area sit for a half hour or more, the cycle can be repeated two to three times.

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