April is here and almost gone! Now is the time for spring sprinkler maintenance! Nothing quite beats the convenience of having a well-designed irrigation system. Efficient lawn and garden watering will ensure the best results while helping to save money on utilities.
Here we will offer some simple tips that can help you conserve while maintaining a greener landscape. Sprinklers should be checked and tuned up yearly for the upcoming watering season, and the timers/controllers must be checked and possibly reset at least every month, so you can make sure that they are working properly in each zone. If your controller has a back-up battery, we recommend that you replace it every 6 months.
Tuning up your sprinklers is a great way to prevent waste. Not only that, but proper care and focus will enable you to custom-tailor your watering schedule to your landscape’s needs. You want to ensure that water is applied uniformly to meet the needs of your plants and each type of soil. That level of attention to detail will help keep your lawn and landscape looking healthy and beautiful. It’s a good idea to stay on top of things for a number of reasons, but one big one is that an overlooked cracked PVC pipe or fitting in your system can result in significant waste.
Make sure that the water from one sprinkler’s head reaches all the way to the next sprinkler (with a 100% overlap in coverage). This is referred to as head to head coverage. In addition to ensuring proper positioning, check to see if the pop-up sprinklers are straight up and down or leaning to one side. You can correct them by removing soil from one side and filling in the other. As a general rule of thumb, you want your sprinklers to be perpendicular to the ground.