Water Conservation Tips from our Irrigation Team
- Water before the sun gets too high. If you've been watering in the middle of the day, stop. Right now. Watering when the sun is at its highest only ensures that more of your water will evaporate, and that your grass will get overly hot as the water warms up. Instead, water before 10 am, or after 5 pm.
- Water deeply and infrequently. Your lawn might not need as much watering as you think. You really only need to water your lawn a few times a week, at most. Instead of watering daily for 10 minutes, water every other day for longer. This lets water get deep into the soil, reaching the roots of your grass.
- Fix your broken sprinkler heads ASAP. A broken sprinkler head doesn't just mean an inadequately watered lawn - it can also mean excessive water waste. If you notice a high water bill or see that your sprinkler is gushing water, turn off your system and have it repaired immediately.
- Make sure your nozzles are calibrated. Sprinkler nozzles that are incorrectly zoned or calibrated will result in overwatering or nozzles that have overlapping coverage areas. Have a certified sprinkler repair technician adjust your nozzles for you, especially after sitting dormant for a long period of time.
- Install a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation systems water deeply right at the roots of plants and trees. Less water is wasted via evaporation or runoff, and your plants stay healthy and hydrated.
- Install a rain sensor. This will tell you how much water your plants already have, and it will automatically shut off your sprinkler system if it is raining.
- Make use of rainwater. A rain barrel is a great way to conserve water, since you can use collected rainwater for your plants.