Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying to use environmentally-friendly watering practices! Smart irrigation tips are the best way to conserve water and lower your water bill each month.
- Change the watering schedule for weather and season
Get to know the settings on the irrigation controller and adjust the watering schedule to best support the landscape. Letting your sprinklers run during a rainy season is a huge waste.
- Schedule individual zones of the irrigation system
Scheduling refers to the type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure, or the soil type in a specific area. The same watering schedule will not apply to all areas. Customize your watering for shady areas versus sunny areas.
- Inspect and Adjust Sprinkler heads
Inspect your sprinkler heads for leaks, clogs, or breaks. Make sure they are not facing the street, driveway, or sidewalk and fix obstructions so they are watering evenly.
- Install “Smart” technology
Recent years have unveiled new technology like climate or moisture sensor-based controllers that can evaluate weather or soil moisture conditions. This allows for headache-free irrigation, as they automatically adjust the irrigation schedule for the landscape.
- Water only when needed
If the soil is dry, then its time to water. Overwatering can result in shallow roots, weed growth, disease, and fungus. If the soil is damp, you do not need to water. Once its time, do it between the evening and early morning.