Saturday, March 15, 2014

Water Conservation

Your automated irrigation system can be your single largest source of wasting water or the best source of conserving water.  The key to irrigation systems it proper design, maintenance, and operation.   Each spring when I fire up you irrigation systems I adjust the heads to make sure they are functioning correctly.  Unlike most contractors I start your system so it puts a solid 1/2 to 3/4 inch of water for each cycle.  This puts water 6 to 12 inches into the soil.  By putting water to that depth the roots will strive to reach deeper into the soil.  With deeper roots the plants are more drought tolerant.  That means when we get those few very hot days in August or September the landscape plants will be under less stress.  Also unlike others I do not irrigate the landscape on the every other day schedule.  I start the season only irrigating one day / week deeply and let the landscape dry out between irrigation.  As the weather warms and the landscapes need for additional water increases I add a day to the cycle.  By using this technique I reduce the wasted water often put in landscape each spring.