How to save water on irrigation

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Using water wisely in your garden and lawn helps not only the environment, but your budget as well, providing for perfect growing conditions for your plants. Here are some practical tips on saving water:

  1. Have your irrigation system checked regularly. You avoid technical problems like leaking valves or pipes, broken or missing heads, clogged nozzles, seal leaks, sunken heads or tilted heads, all of which lead to an incorrect use of water. Also, by checking your system you can fix problems like overspray, pressure problems or misaligned heads.
  2. Plant everything splitting into zones that have specific water needs. Like this, you can set the watering differently for each zone.
  3. Adjust irrigation according to season and the light your plants enjoy. During the cool spring and fall, plants require less water, but during the hot summer you can water your plants more often.
  4. Water during the morning hours, especially if you use sprinklers. You will avoid evaporation, which is less common when the temperature is cooler. Plus, the wind doesn’t blow as hard in the mornings in most areas. If you irrigate with automatic sprinklers, program your irrigation timer so that it waters in 2-3 short cycles rather than a single long period of time, to allow water to soak in to the ground between the cycles.
  5. Install a smart controller that periodically adjusts the sprinkler operating times, reflecting the current water needs of the plants.
  6. Install a rain switch, a simple rain sensor, that, when it detects measurable rainfall, it turns off the automatic irrigation valves.
  7. Change the sprinkler heads from time to time to newer and better designed ones.
  8. Set up your irrigation system to avoid watering hard surfaces such as driveways and patios.
  9. Use alternate sources of irrigation water. Collect rainwater from your roof in a rain barrel or other large container and keep it covered with an insect screen
  10. Try to use as less fertilizers as possible as they encourage rapid growth, which results in higher water use. You can also apply fertilizers more frequently and in smaller doses.
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