Lawn sprinkler systems are going green. Besides just helping to keep your lawn a deep green, automatic lawn irrigation systems offer special eco-friendly features to conserve water. This is good news for everyone.
- Water at the right time. Watering in the early morning or late evening when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest will reduce water loss through evaporation.
- Set your timers. To keep your yard healthy with just enough water, it is important to set your timer with a watering schedule that suits your area considering the amount of rainfall you usually get.
- Calibrate your irrigation system. Be sure to calibrate your irrigation system to determine how long to run the system so that it delivers the amount of water recommended for your area
- Position sprinklers properly. Make sure the water lands on your plants and grass and not on paved areas.
Use less water for your lawn and garden. One inch of water weekly is recommended for both lawns and vegetable gardens. Subtract the amount of rainfall per week from this figure to calculate how much you’ll need to supplement. Water early in the morning to minimize water loss due to evaporation. Watering deeply 2-3 times a week – rather than sprinkling lightly every day – promotes deep root growth, increasing efficient utilization of moisture and resistance to dryness and heat. Direct water toward the roots instead of the upper part of the plant; wet leaves are more vulnerable to sunburn.
Use even less water for your lawn and garden.
- Rain Barrels. If you’d like to reduce your utility bills, you can collect rainwater in barrels or tanks for home use. Set up a rain barrel or a gray water system to recycle water from precipitation or household runoff for use in hydrating your lawn and garden.
- Xeriscaping. Think about devoting a part of your yard to xeriscaping, growing drought-tolerant plants which demand minimal watering.
Drip Irrigation. Studies show that drip irrigation systems use 30 – 50% less water than conventional watering methods, such as sprinklers.
- Improves growth – Smaller amounts of water applied over a longer amount of time provide ideal growing conditions. Drip irrigation extends watering times for plants, and prevents soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Also, because the flow is continuous, water penetrates deeply into the soil to get well down into the root zone.
- Discourages weeds – Water is only delivered where it’s needed.
- Saves time – Setting and moving sprinklers is not required. A timer can be added to the system for automatic watering.
- Helps control fungal diseases, which grow quickly under moist conditions.
- Adaptable – A drip irrigation system can be modified easily to adjust to the changing needs of the seasons
Digital Rain Sprinkler Service is here to install or help with any of these Green options.
We can evaluate any problems with your existing system and offer a cost effective solution to help you save water and in doing so, save money. Contact us for a free, no obligation evaluation of your current irrigation system.
Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service or call 402-934-7900 today.