With the dry, hot summer months in full swing, you know that you have to keep your lawn and plants hydrated to keep them healthy and green. After all, the last thing you want is for it to look brown and dusty, right? The best way to ensure your irrigation system keeps your plant life happy and healthy during these hot months is to install a sprinkler system.
Once you have this system installed, there are a few things you can do to increase the efficiency and ensure you get the results you’re after.
Hire the Professionals
It is a good idea to hire the professionals to install the right type of sprinkler system for your yard. Even if you already have one in place, the professionals will be able to evaluate the setup and ensure it is working effectively and efficiently. Unfortunately, many sprinkler systems waste excessive amounts of water simply because they aren’t set up properly. The professionals can help prevent this.
Change Your Watering Schedule Based on the Weather Conditions
When you are trying to improve the efficiency of your sprinkler system, timing is important. You can speak with the local water authority to find out about irrigation scheduling based on upcoming weather expectations. Factors such as evaporation rates, temperature and rainfall can all affect a sprinkler’s efficiency. Additionally breaking up how often or how long you water can be beneficial. For example, if the lawn needs to be watered for 40 minutes, then you can break it down into cycles of 20 minutes so the lawn has time to soak up all the water.
Watch the System while it is On
Look at the sprinklers while they are turned on to see how well they are working. Is the water landing on the grass, driveway or just running off? Has it begun to create a puddle on the lawn? Are the sprinklers overlapping excessively? By making smaller adjustments to your system, you can prevent wasting water.
Inspect Your Sprinkler System on a Regular Basis
Issues such as leaking valve boxes and sprinkler heads are indicates that repairs need to be made to the system. Leaks and clogged heads can also be a significant waster of water. You want to ensure the system operates at the proper pressure and for the right amount of time. While you can try to fix these issues on your own, it is often best to utilize the services of the professionals.
As you can see, there are several steps you can take to help your sprinkler system run more efficiently. If you need help with any of this, contact the professionals.