Why Your Lawn Sprinkler System Needs Regular Maintenance
It’s no secret that your lawn sprinkler system needs routine maintenance. If you enjoy working on your outdoor irrigation system, you can handle monthly inspections, fall blowouts, and opening up your sprinkler in the spring.
How to Maintain a Sprinkler Irrigation System
If you want to keep your sprinkler irrigation system working, you need to inspect it regularly. You also need to know how to shut down your outdoor sprinkler system in the fall. Then, open it up again in the spring.
Here are some sprinkler system tips to keep in mind when you do monthly checks on your sprinkler irrigation system:
- Walk through your property, looking for any leaks. If you see puddling at one point in your sprinkler system line, you’ll need to know if it’s a broken pipe or a clogged sprinkler head. Look in valve boxes for any puddling.
- Repair any broken lines or unclog a sprinkler head with a long wire. Make sure you turn off all water while you work.
- Adjust sprinkler heads that point toward your driveway, sidewalk, or trees. Make sure that nothing is blocking your sprinkler heads.
- See if every zone is working by laying tuna cans or catch cups in every zone. Turn on the water for one zone for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes are up, take a ruler, and measure how much water is in each cup.
- Adjust the water pressure so all zones get the right amount of water that each zone needs. If you found 1” of water in one zone, but you found 2” in another zone, adjusting your water pressure will solve that problem.
- Put in a rain/freeze sensor on your irrigation system to shut it off when the ground gets cold or when the soil has sufficient moisture.
- Look for run-off at slopes or down your driveway. You don’t want the water from your irrigation sprinkler system to run off into storm drains. The run-off will contain lawn fertilizer and other chemicals that you put on your yard.
- Prevent run-off at the hilly parts of your property by adjusting the sprinkler head.
- Prevent misting or fogging with your lawn sprinkler system. The high water pressure causes water droplets to shrink so that fog or mist appears. Again, it’s wasting water. You can fix this problem by reducing the high water pressure so the misting stops.
- If you need irrigation on a slope and/or you have heavy clay soil, change the timer to go on and turn off in seven-minute intervals. Adjust the timing based on how soon into the interval that water starts running off.
- If you live in an area where the ground freezes in the winter, you’ll need to blow out your sprinkler system using an air compressor or by investing in a blowout kit.
- In the spring, you’ll need to do the opposite by turning on your sprinkler system.
- Adjust the flow and timer at the beginning of summer and again at the end of summer. Your lawn in spring and fall doesn’t need the same amount of water your turf needs in mid-summer.
- If you find that you need to repair your entire sprinkler system, you can do it yourself or hire a contractor to fix your sprinkler system.
Sprinkler System Tips for a Beautiful Lawn and Landscape
There are other pointers you need to know to conserve water and have a gorgeous property at the same time.
Here are those tips:1. Water early in the day when air temperatures are cooler, there’s less wind, and water can absorb deeply into the ground.
2. Avoid watering on hot, humid nights because the grass can develop fungi.
3. Adjust your timer and water settings at the beginning of summer and again at the end of summer. You’ll save money on lawn repairs and your utility bills.
4. Water only when your lawn needs it. If you live where there are water restrictions, your grass will survive if you wait until it gets drought-stressed.
Turn on your lawn sprinkler when the grass starts changing colors and your footprints stay imprinted on the grass when you walk on it.
5. Plant grass seed that doesn’t need as much water to survive. Plant the right grass seed at the right place and at the right time.
When you plant grass seed for shade in a shady spot, for example, you won’t need to irrigate it as much as you do with turf in full sun.
6. Use the correct head on your lawn sprinkler. You don’t want to interchange a sprinkler head with a rotary head either.
How to Efficiently Water Your Lawn with a K-Rain Outdoor Irrigation System
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