Sprinkler Spruce Up
The onset of warmer weather can lead to an increase in landscape irrigation. Before you begin your watering at the beginning of the season, be sure to spruce up your irrigation system. System maintenance can help save you a lot of money and water. Hidden things like cracks in pipes can lead to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can waste water and money. Follow these four simple steps to make sure your irrigation system is preforming at its highest efficiency:
- Inspect: Check your system for broken or clogged sprinkler heads. If you don’t feel confident in this area, hire a pro to make sure things are in order.
- Connect: Check the connection points of the sprinkler heads to pipes or hoses. Pooling water indicates a leak in your system. Even the smallest leak can waste thousands of gallons of water monthly
- Direct: Ensure sprinklers and directed in the right way. Water should not be spraying onto your driveway house or sidewalks more so than plants and grass.
- Select: Use a irrigation controller that can be scheduled for different weather patterns and seasons, to ensure you are not over watering.
Check out EPA WaterSense for more information about sprucing up your sprinkler system, as well as water-conserving products for your home
Water efficient landscaping
Using native plants and other climate appropriate landscape materials can reduce irrigation water use by more than 50%. Native plants require less time and maintenance, lowering the costs of watering and up keep.
More information on landscaping
Recycle storm water into free, non-potable water that can be used to maintain gardens and lawns. It is easy to make your own or purchase one locally.