|Most homeowners overwater their yard, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. To raise awareness of the benefits of efficient watering practices, the Irrigation Association has named July Smart Irrigation Month.
Using an automated irrigation system is one of the best ways to keep your lawn and landscape beautiful and healthy, while minimizing water waste. Make time this summer to be sure you’re getting the most out of your irrigation system, while keeping utility bills low and helping to protect the environment.
Creating an efficient irrigation system requires specialized knowledge and understanding of irrigation design principles and local environmental conditions — something most weekend gardeners don’t have. Complying with local installation codes is another consideration.
Even the best irrigation design won’t perform well if installed incorrectly or using inferior components. Something as simple as selecting the correct type of pipe can mean the difference between a system that lasts and one that requires ongoing repairs.
Hiring a certified or licensed irrigation professional and insisting on high-quality components is the smart way to make sure your system will operate at peak efficiency for years to come. Always get multiple bids, check references and confirm your preferred vendor is properly insured.
Smart Planning & Planting
Guarantee long-term satisfaction with your irrigation system with up-front planning.
- Work with a certified irrigation designer or contractor who has experience in your local area.
- Consider local climate conditions, as well as your lot’s exact features. Choose appropriate turf and plant species that have low water requirements.
- Group plants with similar water needs close together and separate lawn areas from planting beds.
- Plan your irrigation zones carefully. Be sure that your system will have enough capacity, now and in the future. The more irrigation zones you plan, the more you can tailor watering even if you modify landscaping.
- Consult with your local water provider to see if rebates are available for water-efficient products.
- Check the on-site water pressure and select appropriate sprinklers. Low or high water pressure can seriously affect sprinkler performance.
- Include “smart” controls that automatically adjust watering based on rain, soil moisture, evaporation and plant water use.
- Use quality components to minimize future maintenance needs and total lifetime cost of your system.
Get Ready – July is Smart Irrigation Month. Article provided by the Irrigation Association