A properly designed and installed automatic sprinkler system uses less water than a single lawn sprinkler. Not only are sprinkler systems more efficient, they are more convenient.
Adjust your irrigation controller (timer) run time for seasonal change – making a monthly change to the irrigation operation times can save more water and money than any other thing you can do.
Run your irrigation system during the morning hours – Less water is lost to evaporation when the temperature is cooler, plus in most areas the wind doesn’t blow as hard in the mornings. Watering in the evenings can lead to turf and plant disease problems because the water sits on the plants all night, especially in humid climates.
Give your sprinkler system a tune up – In order to ensure there are no water leaks, breaks or cracks, or clogs in the systems, irrigation systems should ideally be checked annually, usually in spring or early summer.
Fix leaking valves – fix leaks, replace broken lines, repair or replace sprinkler heads, and install new parts, including back flow preventers, valves, and controllers.
Install a Smart controller – A Smart controller does the work of periodically adjusting the sprinkler operating times for you. It changes the run times to reflect the current water needs of the plants.
Update your system – Technology in sprinklers has advanced over the last 20 years and many new sprinklers are more water efficient than the older models. Generally this option is only cost effective if you have a very old sprinkler system, or if your original sprinkler system was poorly designed.
Switch to drip irrigation – Studies show that drip irrigation systems use 30 – 50% less water than conventional watering methods, such as sprinklers.
About Drip Irrigation
- Good for a small yard or for watering individual plants.
- Highly effective at supplying one to four gallons of water per hour directly to the soil.
- Little water loss due to evaporation or runoff.
- Particularly good for mulched areas because it directly soaks the soil without washing away the mulch.