Different parts of your yard have different watering needs. Thus, the sprinkler system should be set up to water the different zones according to their watering needs.
Use the proper type of sprinkler head in the proper zone. For small areas use stationary heads, drip irrigation, or bubblers; for medium areas use spring loaded pop up heads; and for large areas, use gear drive pop-up or impact heads. Consider designing your system with the Orbit Sprinkler System Designer for optimal head placement.
Ensure that all the sprinkler heads in one zone are similar. Do not use a gear drive, pop-ups and drip in the same zone.
Install a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation can minimize your water use as much as 70%. Only water living things. Make sure your sprinkler heads only apply water to the lawn or shrubs and not to the sidewalk or street.
Where possible use xeriscape landscaping. Xeriscaping is a water-saving alternative for yards consisting primarily of grass.
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The frequency with which you water should change throughout the year.
Water less frequently in the spring and fall, and more frequently in the summer.
Perform a water audit using Orbit Catch Cups and wateringschedule.com to save water and determine your specific watering schedule.
To avoid runoff on slopes water in cycles; for example, three 5 minute watering periods rather than one 15 minute period.
If the area you are watering is flat, it is better to water for longer periods of time to ensure deep soaking.
Your lawn does not need daily watering to look green!
Irrigate your yard between 6 pm and 10 am to reduce the water loss to evaporation.
Water your lawn about one inch per week.
Do not water when it rains! A rain sensor will help prevent running your automatic sprinkler system during a rain storm.
Perform yearly maintenance for you automatic sprinkler system.
Check your sprinkler system in the spring for water line leaks, broken or clogged heads.