I have fond memories of helping drag the hose around the house to help water the yard and all the plants in which it contained when I was growing up. I would splash in the runoff puddles and would float down the mini rivers it created. What I didn't know then is that although my mother watered with good intentions, these were both signs of watering too quickly! When it comes to your yard, your lawn needs about an inch of water a week for the most part. Although some might try to lessen their grass expanse with other plants and landscape design, for those that still have the green stuff, this is a pretty good standard.
The hard part is to figure out how quickly your lawn and surrounding plants and flowers are absorbing it. If you have runoff rivers or puddles, then you're watering too much, too fast. Even though the ground will soak it in eventually, if it's puddling and creating runoff, it defeats the whole point.
Try watering for less time more frequently throughout the week to allow your plants to hold in that moisture with a little more ease and save your pocketbook from using unneeded droplets! Likewise, watering in the cooler parts of the day can help the water not evaporate before your soil gets a chance to accept it.
Do you have watering tricks or tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below!