Outdoor Watering Tips
Over half the water used
during the summer is used outdoors, and most of that is for watering
lawns. By watering your lawn wisely, you can conserve a precious
resource and save money on your water bill. Following are some tips to
help you save water outdoors. (See videos here.)
Avoid watering during the heat of the day. During midday, water is lost to evaporation which makes the application less effective. Higher winds at this time also distort the sprinkler pattern, resulting in poor coverage.
Water deeply and infrequently. Deep, infrequent watering promotes deep, strong, drought-tolerant root systems.
Do not overwater. Excess moisture can weaken the plantís root system, making it more susceptible to diseases and insect damage.
Underground Sprinkler Tips
Check your sprinklers frequently. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. If you have a concern, contact your irrigation professional.
Maintenance and observation. Underground sprinkler systems require maintenance and observation during the irrigation season. Check your sprinkler systems biweekly.
Application. In-ground sprinkler systems irrigate quickly, therefore apply no more water than the ground can absorb; usually a 1/4" per watering.
your watering cycle. Shorter periods reduce runoff and allow for
better absorption every time you water.