Each year, it’s a good idea to put some time into making sure that your irrigation or sprinkler system is working well. This will help your plants and lawn grow to their full potential. It will also prevent you from spending money on water that’s not doing your yard any good. Here are some tips that you should address when doing your irrigation maintenance. We can help if any of these items on the checklist come up lacking or you want a second opinion about ways to improve your water efficiency.
The first things to do when either programming a new sprinkler system or checking your old one’s efficiency is to make sure your zones and timing are right. Most irrigation systems allow you to program watering zones. You can water areas with more water if there are trees or particularly thirsty plants. If you have a zone that has drought-resistant plants, you can lower your water expenditure or the amount of time the water is on.
The amount and time of day you water are important for water efficiency. If you water when the sun is out, evaporation will increase. For this reason, watering at dawn or dusk are the best times. Make sure to check when the sun rises and sets based on your location and time of the year. Adjust proactively in order to keep your water expenditure as good as possible.
Rain Shutoff Switch
Did you know you can add a sensor to your irrigation system that knows when it’s already raining? There’s no point in turning on your sprinklers when it’s raining, as the excess water won’t be utilized by your plants or yard, it will actually sink into the groundwater instead. For this reason, some genius invented a shutoff. Check to see if your sprinkler system has one, and if not, think about adding it to up your water efficiency.
Working and Efficient Nozzles
If you’ve accidentally run over your sprinkler heads with a lawn mower, they could be sending out too much water. The design and quality of sprinkler heads adds greatly to how well they spread water. If a sprinkler head is bubbling water and not spreading it, one section of your lawn might dry up. Make sure that as part of your yearly irrigation maintenance you go around and inspect all of your heads.
With all of these considerations taken into account, you’ll be sure to use your water efficiently for the benefit of your wallet and the watershed in your area.