How many INCHES of water should I give during winter watering?

Asked March 30, 2015, 1:44 PM EDT

CSU gave out handy blue water gauges/cups which are marked in inches and centimeters. However, the guidelines are in gallons. I have in my head 1/2" of water for the week in the summer for perennials and xeric shrubs. I leave a sprinkler on for an hour on the grass. How much water should be in my gauge when I have watered my perennial beds, pines, and xeric shrubs enough?
Thank you!

El Paso County Colorado lawns and turf irrigation and water management horticulture

1 Response

Another way of looking at watering and water amount is this:
an acre-inch of water (one inch of water spread over an acre; 43,560 square feet) is about 27,100 gallons.

over 1000 square feet, 623 gallons

over 10 square feet, 62 gallons equals 1 inch of water.

A standard tree watering recommendation is 10 gallons per inch diameter. So, a 2-inch tree would need 20 gallons of water applied within its dripline. Because dripline area differs with each tree, it is easier to give a recommendation in gallons (use a hose-end meter that measures water flow in in gallons). The inches of depth is more useful for watering lawns.

Hope this helps answer your questions. If not, let me know.