Seasonal Irrigation Tips

Water conservation and intelligent irrigation are accomplished in a few simple ways. Here are some practical tips to help you have a lush, green landscape for less!

Over Watering: the greatest waste of water comes from applying too much, too often. Much of the water is never absorbed and ends up running off.

Time to Water: watering between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. is best because the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cool. This time of day also provides the best and most steady water pressures. Day time watering tends to be less efficient due to evaporation and windy conditions. Winds are usually calmer at night. Watering in the evening or at night isn't a good idea either because grass and plants remain wet/damp overnight which is an open invitation for fungus to grow.

Driveways and Homes Don’t Need the Water: Make sure the irrigation heads are adjusted properly to avoid watering driveways and houses. A properly adjusted irrigation head should spray large droplets of water instead of a fine mist to minimize evaporation and wind drift.

Inspections: Problems may not be discovered until it is too late. If you’re not home or awake to see your irrigation system run, periodically inspect your sprinklers to make sure everything is working properly. A clogged/broken head, leaking valve, or a broken line can greatly increase your water bill and wreak havoc on your yard.

Adjustment: As landscapes grow larger they can begin to block the heads spray pattern. Sometimes a simple nozzle replacement can address the situation, other times a new head is required to overcome the obstacle. New installations of decks, pools, or sheds can also decrease irrigation efficiency. Lawn and landscape irrigation are two different animals. If you have recently converted one to the other, one or more zones may need to be adjustment to function as intended.

Watering Schedule: Your yard requires less supplemental irrigation during cool and wet seasons and more during warm dry seasons. Visit your timer controller box at least three times a year to adjust your zone run times and watering days.
 



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