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Visit our South Fulton Demonstration Garden!
Pink Muhly Grass in the garden7472 Cochran Road
College Park, GA   30349
Complete with beautiful Xeriscape landscaping, a pollinator and wildlife habitat garden, rain gardens and trails, the South Fulton Demonstration Garden promotes the importance of water efficient landscaping, wildlife and pollinators in our community.   Take a self-guided stroll through our garden.   Download a free booklet about selecting plants for pollinators for use in your own landscapes!

Irrigation Calculator
watering the sidewalk wastes water and money

Don’t Over Water! Did you know that more plants die of over watering than under watering?

Check online for an irrigation calculator on a weekly basis to see if your landscape needs any supplemental water from your irrigation system.

Simply enter the dates for the period of time you would like to calculate. If you receive a positive balance, this means that mother nature is taking care of things. If a negative balance appears, then your landscape requires the equivalent of that many inches of moisture.

cistern for rain water collectionWater Use Guidelines

Though Fulton County is not currently in drought, all residents are required to follow the permanent schedule for outdoor irrigation established by the 2010 Water Stewardship Act.   The schedule allows watering daily either before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.   Learn more...

Outdoor Water Saving Tips

Using water wisely is especially important during the summer. Many of our customers double or triple their winter water use in the summer months. A majority is used for lawns and gardens, and most of this could be maintained with less water.

General Outdoor

  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk
  • Wash your car at a car wash that recycles water
  • Direct downspouts toward shrubs or trees
  • Install a rain barrel to collect rain water for watering lawns and gardens irrigation
  • Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed
  • Use a timer when watering, it is easy to forget and over water
  • Install a rain sensor on new and existing irrigation systems
  • Water your lawn in the early morning or in the evening, when temperatures are cooler and water isn’t lost to evaporation
  • Don’t water on windy days because water can be blown away from plants
  • Water the roots and soil around plants rather than spraying the leaves and flowers
  • Adjust your mower to a higher setting. Consider leaving clippings on the lawn. Longer grass blades provide shade and help hold in moisture longer
  • Check and adjust sprinklers so you don’t water the house, sidewalk, or street
  • Repair broken, clogged, sunken or tilted sprinkler heads
  • Use the sprinkler for larger areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste

Rain Sensor Shutoff Switch

The Georgia General Assembly (O.C.G.A. §12-5-6), which became effective January 1, 2005, requires rain sensor shutoff switches on all new In-ground landscape irrigation systems for both residential and nonresidential properties within the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (MNGWPD) planning area. At the local level, building inspection checklists must be updated to reflect rain sensor requirements for new construction with irrigation systems.   Download a fact sheet for more information.  

Additional Resources:


Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens (Spanish)

Tree Planting

Landscape Irrigation and Watering Guide

Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety

Gardening for Water Quality - Integrated Pest Management

Gardening for Water Quality - Care of Ornamental Plants

Gardening for Water Quality - Care of Turf Grass


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