Watering your yard really doesn’t have to cost “an arm and a leg.” With a properly planned and operating irrigation system you can cut your water usage as much as 50%. You can start by knowing how much water you are applying at each watering…it’s effortless!
- The goal is the get 1″ of water on the turf. Place several empty coffee, tuna or similar open-top containers around your yard and water until 1″ of water accumulates in the containers. Time this event and then you will know how long you should water. Typically this can last anywhere between 15-30 minutes depending on your system and water pressure.
- Plan your watering cycle for every 2nd or 3rd day. If you observe any water runoff, cut the watering time to half and water 2 times during each planned watering day.
- Shut off the irrigation system if you observe rain and let the rainy day take place of one of your watering cycle days.
- July and August are months that normally require additional water. Water when it’s cooler, such as between 4:00am-6:00am or earlier evening around 6:00-7:00pm. Just pay attention to evening watering, as it can lead to turf diseases and fungus.
- Throughout winter months, your lawn will still need water. Water only one time every 10-12 days, during warmer daytime hours, and when there is no snow on the ground.
Simple, right? Now you can enjoy your yard while saving thousands of gallons of water each year, and don’t forget those dollars you will also save!