How To Select, Maintain Irrigation Systems

Shutterstock 549254Everyone knows that lawns need to be watered.

However, there are some general guidelines landscapers need to follow.

According to The Grounds Guys, depending on the grass, soil, sunlight and climate, most lawns need an average of 1 inch of water per week to maintain a healthy appearance.

The company offers these suggestions on how to select and maintain water irrigation systems:

  • Install a system that offers the latest in water irrigation technology. Many systems offer soil moisture sensors, slope adjustments, and weather data control systems.
  • Watch the system in action. Make adjustments to reduce or increase the pressure to ensure the right amounts of water are distributed onto the lawn. Place a rain gauge in various locations in the yard to make sure the water is being distributed evenly.

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  • Inspect the sprinkler system. Check for broken, missing, or clogged sprinkler heads.
  • Install a timer and schedule watering in the morning from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Avoid watering lawns at night to avoid risk of disease.
  • Save water by installing a rain sensor that turns off the irrigation system automatically when it detects rainfall.
  • Make sure tall grass, ground cover, and shrubs are not blocking or causing uneven distribution of the water from the sprinklers.
  • Consider using an alternate source of water to save money. When available, alternate sources can include water from creeks, ponds, and shallow wells. 
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