Quick Guide to Water Saving Tips
- Always check for broken lines, sprinkler heads and valves. An easy way to remember is to check them with each season. Once for spring, summer, fall and again in winter.
- Not all plants require the same amount of water. Check run times on irrigation clocks to make sure they are correct for the plants they are watering.
- Make sure you are using the right sprinkler head for your plants. You can save a lot of water just by using the correct sprinklers.
- Adjust sprinkler heads to avoid overspray. Sprinklers can get out-of-whack pretty quick, especially in higher traffic areas. Be sure to check your system periodically.
- Install Weather Sensing Irrigation Controllers (ET). These controllers automatically adjust watering times for hotter weather and shuts down the system when it rains.
- Water only between 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. to reduce evaporation and interference from wind.
- Check line pressure. Ensure sprinklers are operating at the right specifications. Make sure they are not misting.
- Use check valves on slopes.
- Convert overhead irrigation for all non-lawn areas. Use drip irrigation to concentrate the water where it is needed (around the plant root ball). This nearly eliminates excess runoff and evaporation.
- Aerate your lawn and planter beds. Aerating your lawn once to twice a year is a great way to create a healthy lawn that can breathe to accept water easier and nutrients.
- Granulated soil conditioners help break up clay soils. Consider using this when you aerate.
- Always water lawns deeper and less frequent. Watering your lawn 3 times per week for 12-15 minutes a cycle, is better than every day for five minutes. Watering deeper creates stronger roots. Set your irrigation sprinkler to only water until the point of runoff. At this point, no more water is being absorbed.
- Especially in the warmer season; mow your lawns taller. This provides more shelter for the roots and less evaporation to occur.
- Maintain healthy plants by fertilizing at least quarterly and remove weeds which will use your water source.
- Mulch. Add a two to three inch layer of mulch around shrubs and trees.
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