Today’s irrigation systems include sophisticated controllers that allow you to easily adjust watering schedules to fit different needs. Following are seven tips on how to get the most out of your irrigation system while conserving water:
- Get in the zone. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for the type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure, and soil in that section. Different zones will almost always need different watering schedules.
- Consider soil type. The type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than your soil can absorb causes runoff and waste.
- Don’t send water down the drain. Be sure to set your sprinklers to water plants, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or home.
- Water only when needed. Saturate the roots and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow root systems, weed growth, disease, and fungus.
- Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool. Early morning tends to yield the best results.
- Water more often for shorter periods. By setting your system to run for three, 5-minute intervals, the soil will absorb more water compared to watering for 15 minutes at one time. This ultimately reduces runoff and waste.
- Adapt watering to the season. Familiarize yourself with the settings on your irrigation controller and adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather conditions. Or invest in a smart controller so your system can make these changes automatically.
If you’re interested in speaking with an Engledow representative about a landscape maintenance program, give us a call at 317.575.1100.
Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Learn more at www.smartirrigationmonth.org.