Today’s irrigation systems include sophisticated controllers that allow you to easily adjust watering schedules to fit different needs.

  • Get in the zone. Schedule each      individual zone in your irrigation system to account for type of sprinkler,      sun or shade exposure, and soil in that section. Different zones will      almost always need different watering schedules.
  • Consider soil type. Type of      soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering      more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste.
  • Don’t send water down the      drain. Set sprinklers to water plants, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio      or buildings. That’s where we come in!
  • Water only when needed.      Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too      frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus.
  • Water at the best time.      Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent      due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or      down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool – typically between the      evening and early morning.
  • Water more often for shorter      periods. For example, setting your system to run for three, 5-minute      intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one      time, reducing runoff.
  • Adapt watering to the season.      Familiarize yourself with the settings on your irrigation controller and      adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather      conditions. Or invest in a smart controller so your system can make      these changes automatically.