BUTTE, Mont. -

Beginning Monday, June 10, even-numbered houses can only water on even-numbered days, and odd-numbered houses on odd-numbered days. No watering will be allowed on the 31st of each month.

Public Works officials are asking folks to avoid watering during the hottest part of the day, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Restrictions on sprinkler use mean folks in Butte will have to pay closer attention to their lawns earlier in the summer season.

NBC Montana took a closer look at what these restrictions mean for everyone in Butte with a green thumb, and how they can get the most out of watering they can do.

With the restriction on sprinkler use starting next week, we headed over to Ace Hardware to see if they had any tips on how to keep your garden growing. They said using mulch in the soil is a great way to keep the moisture in and keep your plants healthy.

Ace Hardware Assistant Manager Josh Popovich showed us around the garden center today and helped dig into mulch.

We learned it's generally an organic material, anything from leaves and grass to tree bark or peat moss, and is layered on top of the soil to help trap moisture.

Popovich said, "It'll stay there for a long time and last for a few days instead of drying out while its warm these next few days."

He explained another option might be to set up a sprinkler system with a timer to help conserve water.

"For those who don't have a sprinkler system that shuts off itself," Popovich said, "they can use a timer so they can leave the house and not worry too much."

A timer can make sure your garden gets the right amount of water at the right time of day.

The city says failure to follow the restrictions could result fines or fees up to $150 and loss of watering privileges.

For more more information, call the Butte-Silver Bow Water Utility Division at 497-6540.