Tips to improve your irrigation system

We all know that July is the hottest month of the year, and because of that we tend increase our water use as well. But let’s face it, we need water, but sometimes, we use more than what we actually need. Because of that, the Irrigation Association has launched the campaign #SmartIrrigationMonth to raise awareness of the benefits of efficient watering practices.

 
You already know how much water you might be wasting in your landscape if you read our previous article. Smart controllers are a great alternative to improve water efficiency in your irrigation system, but there are many more things you can do keep improving and save even more water.
Here are some tips that you can use to improve the efficiency of your irrigation system and save even more water.

 

 

  • Check your irrigation system at least once a month. Check for leaks, or broken heads or broken pipes, clogged sprinklers, or clogged drip lines.
  • Adjust your sprinkler heads. Readjust those heads that are mistakenly watering the sidewalk, and prune those plants that are obstructing the stream of some sprinkler heads.
  • Water at the right time of the day. Don’t water in the middle of the day under extreme heat, or when the wind is blowing and all the water ends up in your neighbor’s lawn. Watering when the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cooler reduces evaporation up to 30%. Before sunrise, late afternoon or evening is recommended.
  • Multiple start times. Or cycle and soak as they call in the irrigation industry. This will allow to put more water into the soil. Applying small amounts and letting it soak allows for water getting deeper promoting roots to grow deeper as well.
  • Get a Water Audit. There are professionals in your area that conduct an irrigation audit and check the uniformity of your system, making sure everything is being water evenly. Some public universities offer this service through their extension programs.
  • Use water efficient sprinklers. Replace conventional spray heads for water efficient ones to improve the distribution uniformity. They also work at lower pressures. You can save up to 30% in water by switching to water efficient sprinklers.
  • Consider Drip irrigation. Some of your planting beds don’t need sprinkler heads; better yet you could retrofit that sprinkler head and turn it into a drip system that applies low volumes of water directly to the roots of your plants. You can save so much water with drip systems, as applies water at a lower rate, and directly where it needs to be.

 

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