Whether your home has an existing irrigation setup, or you’re planning to have one installed, there’s a lot of thought and planning behind a successful sprinkler system. Just like any other home improvement endeavor, the more care you put into planning your system the more it will do for your lawn! A well-designed sprinkler system has the power to keep lawns green and save you green on your monthly water bill so we’ve outlined our favorite tips to help your family get the most from your sprinklers this season.
Check your spacing
When sprinkler heads are placed you want the spray to overlap from head to head, ensuring that every inch of your lawn is receiving water. Adjust misdirected heads that are spraying water onto the surrounding pavement. To ensure head-to-head coverage you should check with the manufacturer, or measure the sprinkler’s overall radius. That number will equal the distance between heads!
Do a little maintenance
Every so often, you should observe your sprinklers in action, to look for clogged or leaking heads. Found a clogged head? You can use a slender piece of wire to gently unclog sprinkler heads. Repair or replace valves if sprinklers are leaking or valve boxes are water-logged. If you see a fine mist or fog during watering, you may need to lower the system’s pressure. Regular irrigation inspections that include checking the backflow device, adjusting sprinkler heads, and using a water meter to measure flow can help you maintain the hard work you’ve already done.
Water early in the day
Run your sprinkler system during pre-dawn hours for the most efficient watering, as the lawn will lose less moisture to evaporation from the sun and heat throughout the day. Avoid night watering, though, as watering after dark will cause grass blades to remain moist overnight, leaving them more susceptible to various fungal diseases.
Daily watering doesn’t guarantee a green lawn, so there’s a good chance that you may be watering your yard more than necessary. Understanding your lawn and knowing what to look for, such as signs of drought stress, will leave your grass stronger and better looking in the long run. If you don’t have a smart watering system you’ll get into a natural rhythm of watering as you get to know your grass. Don’t forget that as seasons and local restrictions change, you’ll need to adjust your watering schedule. Your water bill -and the earth- will thank you.
Follow these tips and you’ll be enjoying the smells of your freshly cut grass in no time!