Your irrigation system is an important part of your landscaping. Without it, best cialis your plants and trees would need to be hand-watered and might not survive hot weather. The Irrigation Association has put together a list to help you determine if you might need to upgrade or replace your irrigation system.
Irrigation systems need regular maintenance to keep them working efficiently year after year. Damage from lawn equipment or improper winterization can cause leaks and other serious problems. Here are some tips to keep your irrigation system working efficiently.
- Inspect your system monthly. Check for leaks, viagra canada broken or clogged sprinkler heads, and other problems. Clean clogged screens and micro-irrigation filters as needed.
- Adjust sprinkler heads. Remove or correct obstructions that prevent sprinklers from distributing water evenly. Adjust sprinkler head positions and spray patterns to avoid watering sidewalks or structures and to provide necessary clearance over growing plants.
- Check the pressure. Pressure can change over time and negatively affect system efficiency.
- Inspect the system for leaks. Leaks are a huge water waster. A good contractor can perform regular maintenance checks for leaks, broken or clogged spray heads, and other problems. Ask them to show you common problems to watch for between visits.
- Install a rain shutoff switch. These inexpensive sensors can be retrofitted to almost any system and help compensate for natural rainfall by turning off your system in rainy weather.
- Consider “smart” technology. Climate or soil moisture sensor-based controllers evaluate weather or soil moisture conditions and then automatically adjust the irrigation schedule to meet the specific needs of your landscape.
- Consider low volume, micro-irrigation for gardens, trees and shrubs. Drip (or trickle) irrigation, micro spray jets, micro-sprinklers and bubbler irrigation all apply a very small amount of water, slowly and precisely, minimizing evaporation, runoff and overspray.
- Look for savings. Many water utilities offer rebates for certain water-efficient products. Before upgrading your new system, consult with your local water provider.
- Winterize in colder climates. An irrigation contractor with specialized equipment will flush out water that could freeze and crack pipes, valves and sprinklers.
In the Arizona summer heat it’s important to run your irrigation system in the early morning to avoid the evaporation of irrigation water into the atmosphere. Check for leaks from animals chewing through emitters and polyline to get a drink of water. And, check your water bill for higher than usual usage. You might have an underground leak that you have not noticed because it is dry on the top of the soil.
When you are continually repairing leaks in PVC, sprinkler systems or polylines or when your irrigation valves are not turning on or off properly, it’s time to evaluate if you need a new or upgraded irrigation system. Call us if we can help you with any of your irrigation needs (520) 370-5697.
Deborah Munoz-Chacon, Owner