Sprinkler System Water Conservation Tips

Could you ever imagine that you could actually save water through the use of your irrigation system? I bet you think it’s highly unlikely. I’m here to tell you that when your irrigation system is properly designed, installed and maintained by GreenWay Irrigation—we will help minimize the amount of water you use, while maintaining a healthy and good looking lawnscape.

Here are just a few tips that will help you have a lush, green lawnscape without draining the well, increasing your water bill … or driving up your electric bill.

There’s no need to over water to the point of drowning your turf and plants

The greatest waste of water comes from applying it too heavy and far too often. Much of the water you apply is never absorbed. Instead, it evaporates. If you decide watering for a long session is best for your property, then water a few times for shorter periods and set it for 15-minute breaks between each session. This will allow time to soak in, and minimize run off.

Watch your clock

Depending on your lifestyle, optimum watering hours are from 2:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., when the sun hasn’t yet come up, winds are calm and temperatures are cool. I start mine early in the a.m. so by the time the family starts their morning showers, the outside watering is done and our well has recovered. Refrain from midday watering. It tends to be less efficient due to water loss through evaporation and windy conditions. Watering during evening hours isn’t best idea. Wet lawns and plant leaves can remain wet overnight—that’s an open invitation for fungus and other diseases to develop and grow. Essentially, watering during early morning hours allows your lawnscape to dry out during the day.

Divide by zones

Different plants in your landscape require different amounts of water. An effective plan by GreenWay Irrigation means we divide your yard and landscape areas into separate irrigation zones so grass can be watered separately—and more frequently than trees, shrubs & ground covers. You even recommend watering the front and back of your property on different days, alternating every other day. If you can afford it, both sprinkler and drip irrigation (for plants) can be incorporated into your system to achieve more efficient use of water.

Water only things that grow

What good is a wet deck, the front road of your house or your front walkway? With an inground sprinkler system, proper sprinkler head alignment is essential to watering only living plants, not sidewalks, driveways or the street. A properly adjusted sprinkler head should spray large droplets of water instead of a fine mist—this minimizes evaporation due to wind drift.

Consider drip irrigation

When it comes to watering specimen trees, flowerbeds, potted containers or other non-grassy areas, a terrific option is drip irrigation. Drip irrigation allows you to water directly to the roots using low volume watering method. Our unique approach will reduce water waste from evaporation or runoff. It will also prevent unwanted weeds from growing. Water will be distributed only where the plants are stationed and not in the areas between them.

Perform routine inspections

If you’re watering at the proper time of day (see Watch your clock above), a problem may occur and not be discovered until it is too late. Periodically performing a routine examination of your sprinklers will make certain everything is in proper working order can save a lot of headaches. A clogged head or a torn line can wreak havoc on your landscape, water bill or electric bill.

Be rain and/or season smart

We recommend that you always adjust your sprinkler system timer as the seasons as your weather changes. An easy way to accomplish this is to install a shut-off device in your system at roof height that automatically detects rain or moisture. These devices are relatively inexpensive and enable you to benefit from the rain—without having to pay for it.

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