Having a sprinkler system installed by a landscaping service is a key way to ensure that your yard stays picturesque throughout the growing season. The sprinkler's ability to keep your lawn and garden flourishing and healthy can make your yard the focal point of the neighborhood, as well as give you a reason to smile each time you arrive home. Whether your city has limitations on the amount of water that homeowners can use or you're on a well and don't want it to run dry, it's important to use your sprinkler in a manner that will keep your water consumption under control. Here are some tips to adopt.
Use The Timer
Many sprinkler systems are equipped with timers, but you should make it a priority to learn how to use the timer instead of just turning the sprinkler on and off manually. The concern with operating the system manually is that your water consumption can easily get out of hand. For example, you turn on the sprinkler with the intention of letting it run for 15 minutes, but a friend calls a few minutes later and you have an hour-long conversation before you remember the sprinkler. By setting the timer on the sprinkler, you'll be sure that the system operates for only a specific duration each time.
Keep An Eye On The Forecast
Even if you've opted to use the timer on your sprinkler, you shouldn't completely ignore the watering process. A simple way to reduce your water consumption is to avoid watering when there's rain in the forecast, which means that you'll have to keep an eye on the weather. An average rainfall can provide enough hydration to keep your lawn and garden wet for several days, so there's no point in watering with the sprinkler at the same time. When rain appears imminent, simply adjust the sprinkler so that it won't go off automatically.
Make Sure The System Is Calibrated Correctly
When your landscaping professional installs the sprinkler system for you, ensure that he or she calibrates it so that it sprays in your desired areas. If you take a walk through any neighborhood, you don't have to look too far to see a sprinkler that is spraying water on the road or sidewalk, which is simply wasting water. Your landscaping professional will be able to carefully calibrate your new sprinkler system so that its water hits all your desired areas but doesn't land where it shouldn't.
Talk to a service like Wagner Sod, Landscaping and Irrigation Co., Inc for more information.