Learn How to Save Water with Your Sprinkler System

Spring has arrived. As we look to get back into the swing of lawn maintenance and opening those sprinkler systems, we can’t stop there when maintaining your healthy lawn. Landscape irrigation is a vital part of any approach to lawn maintenance. We all want our lawns to thrive, but we also have to be aware of water waste. Increased water efficiency will not only result in a healthier lawn but will save hundreds of gallons of water and reduce energy costs.

Clearwater Irrigation has compiled a list of 5 ways to save water with your sprinkler system. These easy-to-follow steps or upgrades to your irrigation system can help you ensure your lawn receives proper watering and save on your utility bills.

1. Check for Leaks

Checking for leaks periodically is an easy and simple way to prevent water loss. Leaking fixtures or pipes can greatly increase your monthly water bill and lead to 10s or 100s of dollars in waste. Performing inspections and being aware of any changes in the condition of your lawn is important in water conservation. Be vigilant for out-of-the-ordinary damp areas, water puddles or increases in water consumption.

Common outdoor leaks occur at the sprinkler heads of your system. Sprinkler heads can be easily knocked out of alignment or damaged by falling debris, lawn maintenance equipment or by individuals during outdoor activities. A visual inspection of your sprinklers will reveal if there are any loose connections or damages to sprinklers. In some cases, leaks from your sprinklers will be audible as you hear water escaping your irrigation equipment.

Leaks in your irrigation system pipes can be more difficult to find. If the leak is deep enough, the only way to know the leak exist is by monitoring your water meter. Checking to see if the water meter is still running after all water fixtures in and outside of your home are closed helps to determine if there is a leaking pipe. The presence of wet spots or pooling of water will lead you to the place of larger leaks that should be addressed immediately.

2. Survey Your Lawn Regularly

In addition to checking for leaks, checking the health of your lawn can prevent overwatering. Overwatering can lead to the growth of weeds and invasive grass, yellowing or dead areas and weaker root systems. Proper watering times will prevent overwatering. If you notice any of these signs on your lawn, you may want to evaluate your watering schedules. Reducing your water usage will help your lawn be healthier and save water with your sprinkler system.

3. Adjust Your Timers

Watering time is the core of automatic irrigation. Adjust your irrigation timer based on the health of your lawn, seasonal rain events and changes throughout the watering season. Throughout the seasons, changes in temperature and rainfall will affect the water requirements for a healthy lawn. During periods of high temperatures or dry spells, increasing the time to water on your smart controller will help protect your yard. On the flip side, cooler or higher rain periods require less irrigation. Managing your water savings will help to save your money and save water with your sprinkler system.

4. Add Freeze/Rain Sensors

Just like all other products and technology. automatic irrigation technology is constantly advancing. The latest trends and products available are designed to increase water efficiency and prevent unnecessary irrigation. The most viable upgrade for your smart irrigation controller is the installation of a freeze or rain sensor.

Rain sensors reduce the micro-managing of your automatic irrigation systems. Rain sensors work by measuring the rainfall and preventing the activation of your automatic sprinklers. Freeze sensors measure the outside temperatures and will prevent your system from activating when temperatures are below a safe operating threshold. Some products have both of the functionalities built-in. Even with a higher initial cost, these sensors could save you gallons of water annually while helping the save water with your sprinkler system.

5. Explore Drip Irrigation Options

Just like the aforementioned sensors, drip irrigation is an excellent upgrade for any automatic sprinkler system. The advantage of drip irrigation is the ability to focus the water dispersion on more precise areas and help to save water with your sprinkler system. Drip irrigation works by placing irrigation lines containing tiny holes allowing a small amount of water dispersion in areas with more direct watering needs and reducing the gallons per minute or water per week in your system. Drip systems are best suited for watering shrubbery, flower beds or trees in your yard.

Ordinary sprinklers waste water in these areas by avoiding the key areas that promote healthy plants. Wasted on the ground surrounding plants or water that is not able to reach the roots of shrubs or trees can lead to lower water efficiency and higher water utility cost. Drip systems are an easy and effective upgrade to save you money.

Clearwater Irrigation by Landsburg Landscaping is experienced irrigation professionals and ready to help you with your lawn sprinkler system needs. Whether you are installing a new system, getting ready to open a sprinkler system in Spring, or need to repair your current one, The Clearwater Irrigation team is ready to be at your, and your lawns’, service.

Contact us today and have your lawn happy and healthy throughout the warm season!