14 Tips for Water
- Know how to run your irrigation controller and change watering times
- Adjust the watering times (in minutes) and frequency of watering (daily, twice a week, etc.) based on weather conditions
- Change your settings to adjust for seasonal differences and reset the timer when needed.
- Ask your contractor to install an inexpensive rain shut off device.
- Have a certified irrigation auditor check for leaks, broken heads and other potential problems annually.
- Ensure that your maintenance contractor is certified, licensed, insured, reputable and legally authorized to maintain irrigation systems in your area.
- Run your irrigation system after the sun has gone down or early in the morning.
- Do not water on windy days, as much more water is lost to evaporation than makes it down into the soil.
- Ensure that your spray and sprinkler heads are properly adjusted to avoid watering pavements and other non-landscape areas.
- Shady areas require 30% less water than sunny areas, adjust watering accordingly.
- Use a drip irrigation system to water trees
and shrubs where possible.
- To eliminate runoff, set your clock to cycle 2-4 start times (no longer than 5 minutes each), 1 to 2 hours apart to allow water to soak into the soil. For example water three times for 5 minutes, instead of 15 minutes all at once.
- Develop a separate drip watering
schedule for trees, shrubs and flower beds.
- Aerate in the spring and fall to loosen soil
and reduce runoff.