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Smart Scheduling & Watering 


Irrigation controllers allow you to easily adjust your system’s watering schedule to fit different watering needs. Even if you drag a hose and water manually, scheduling your watering times is essential. Here are a few tips:

  • After the water use peak in July, you should use less water each month. Here is a basic watering schedule for the next few months:

    Month Days per Week Pop-up Sprays Rotary
    Manual Sprinklers
    Aug. 2 14 46 66 44
    Sept. 2 10 42 60 40
    Until 10/15
    1 10 42 62 40

  • Reduce runoff by watering each zone more often for shorter periods. For example, setting your system to run for three, 5-minute intervals with some soak time lets water infiltrate the soil better than watering for 15 minutes at one time.

  • Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for sun, shade and wind exposure.

  • Consider soil type, which affects the how quickly water can be applied and absorbed without runoff.

  • Make sure you’re not sending water down the drain. Set sprinklers to water plants, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio or buildings.

  • Water at the right time of day. Watering when the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cooler minimizes evaporation by as much as 30 percent. The best time to water is during early morning hours.

  • Thoroughly soak the root zone (generally within the top six inches of soil for lawns), then let the soil dry. Watering too frequently results in shallow roots and encourages weed growth, disease and fungus.

  • Adjust your watering schedule regularly to account for seasonal weather conditions, plant size and other factors. Monthly (or even weekly) adjustments keep plants healthy without overwatering.





Created at 8/14/2013 1:48 PM  by Natalie Stevens 
Last modified at 8/15/2013 10:49 AM  by Natalie Stevens