Thursday, December 6, 2012

How Well Do You Know Your Sprinkler System?

Do your sprinklers hit the sidewalk, street, or driveway? What time of day do you water your lawn? If you have a sprinkler system, does it turn off on rainy days?

These are all questions you should ask yourself when looking at your current sprinkler system. You could be wasting hundreds of gallons of precious water every day by not knowing the answers to these questions.

Despite having cooler temperatures and a rainy summer, long term predictions point to more challenging summers ahead for Houston, Texas. This is a prime example of why we should all try to conserve water when possible.

Here are a few tips to help us all conserve water:
  • Install a rain sensor to prevent your sprinkler system from working on rainy days.
  • When water runoff occurs, try watering your lawn in two or more separate increments with a half hour in between to allow the water to soak in. 
  • When water hits areas that you didn’t intend to water, like the driveway or street, turning sprinkler heads or reducing the water pressure can sometimes help. Moving sprinkler heads is also an option. 
  • If you have yellow or brown spots on your lawn, this is typically a sign that the area is not receiving enough water (or you have an unnecessarily friendly neighborhood dog). This is another situation where the sprinkler heads need to be moved or additional sprinkler heads should be installed. Extending watering time in these situations is not recommended. 
  • Patches of grass that are greener than the rest can be a tell tail sign of an underground leak.
Having a well maintained sprinkler system will not only keep your lawn looking beautiful, it will also help the environment. You can lower your water bill and aid in Houston’s water conservation, simultaneously. Call Houston area Laird Landscaping for assistance with any of your sprinkler system needs. Does your lawn lack a sprinkler system altogether? We can help with that too!

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