How long do I run my irrigation system to apply the correct amount of water?

To determine how long to run your sprinkler system to apply the correct amount of water, set out small, straight-sided cans (such as coffee, tuna fish, or cat food cans) randomly within an irrigation zone and see how long it takes to fill them to the desired depth of ½ – ¾ inch. Repeat this …

Let Your Lawn Tell You When to Water

Many homeowners irrigate their lawns incorrectly. Overwatering is the most common mistake; it can damage or even kill the lawn. Overwatering leads to a shallow root system; increases a lawn’s vulnerability to weeds, insects, and diseases; reduces drought tolerance; increases thatch; encourages excessive growth; and reduces tolerance for environmental stress.  Letting your lawn “tell you …

Simple Methods of Saving Water

The Irrigation Association is educating irrigation professionals and the public with some sensible programs and promotions for water efficient products and services. The first of these, called WaterSense, is a voluntary public-private partnership program sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by …