When you are running your sprinkler system’s spray zones, you may find things a bit more challenging on windy days. With high wind, the water droplets being sent by the spray heads through the air are blown off track, which can result in water waste.
This wastage will change the amount of water being delivered to your grass and plants in that zone, which can result in issues related to under- or over-watering. The question is – what can you do about it?
While there is no way to stop the wind, there are a few steps you can take to ensure minimal water waste occurs and that your plants and lawn get the water needed for superior health.
Install and Use Smart Controllers
There are certain smart controllers available on the market today that connect using WiFi to the local weather stations that broadcast real-time weather data. If there is an unfavorable condition, like high winds, in the area, the smart controller can pause the system until the winds have passed.
Consider the Installation of a Drip Irrigation System
If you get high winds throughout the year, then the most effective way to water your lawn will be a drip irrigation system. This type of watering system is designed to provide slow drips of water to the root zones of your plants, grass, shrubs, and trees. Unlike the traditional spray heads, with drip irrigation, the lines deliver the water right to the soil, which is not affected by the high winds.
You can have a drip irrigation line retrofitted to the majority of sprinkler systems you have in place. Keep in mind though, this process is rather complex and best done by a professional in the industry.
Consider Using Bubblers
A bubbler is a type of irrigation solution that is used for small and confined landscaping needs, like contained gardens and pipes. With bubblers, a sprinkler system can target these small, specific areas that may require specialized attention.
Like the drip irrigation systems (mentioned above) when you install bubblers, you have water being delivered right to the soil. However, what is different is that bubblers only work for a very focused part of your landscape.
While the water that’s being wasted is reduced when compared to more traditional spray heads, a bubbler does produce more water than what the ground is able to absorb at one time.
What Solution is Right for You?
As mentioned above, there’s no way for you to control or stop the wind; however, you can take steps to minimize the wind’s effect on your sprinkler system and the water your lawn and plants receive. Be sure to keep the information here in mind to find the right solution for your needs, regardless of what they may be.
We can help ensure you get the right solution. Contact us at The IDL Company to learn more about watering in the wind and how to minimize water waste in your yard.