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How To Conserve Water With An Irrigation System

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Conserving water is smart for the planet and for your budget. Here are some simple irrigation tips that you can use to save water:

  • Always use "head-to-head coverage" in your irrigation system.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not wet. This eliminates runoff, and ensures your plants a steady supply of water.
  • Do not water at night - water will sit on the lawn and may cause disease.
  • Water in the early morning - evaporation is minimized and the lawn utilizes the most water.
  • Do not water midday - evaporative loss is at its greatest.
  • Create multiple programs for your irrigation system this allows you to water most efficiently.
  • Install a rain sensor it will prevent the system from running during rain.
  • Use drip irrigation in flower beds - it saves substantial amounts of water.
  • Reduce run times for zones in the shade.
  • Allow grass to grow before mowing - this reduces water usage.
  • Practice "grass cycling" this reduces evaporative water loss from the lawn, while reducing the need for fertilizer.
  • Sharpen your mower blade - sharp blades are easier on the grass and save water.
  • De-thatch your lawn - water will get to the roots faster and evaporate less.
  • Aerate your lawn - it prevents soil compaction and allows water to soak in faster.
  • Keep plants with different watering needs on different zones trees vs. lawn, etc.
  • Plant native species, native plants do better and need less special care than exotics.
  • Mulch flowerbeds and trees, it reduces evaporation and controls weeds.
  • Know your soil type, the three basic types: sand, loam, and clay require different watering schedules for optimal results.
  • Purchase irrigation products designed to conserve water.
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