A quality sprinkler system is a big investment—it’s time you knew how to get the most out of yours! Here’s how to maximize your sprinkler’s efficiency in Broward County, FL:
- Have a plan: The most important thing you need to do before installing a new sprinkler system is map out where it should go in your yard. Note where you want grass to grow, and watch the position of the sun during the morning and afternoon to better identify the parts of the lawn that will need more water than others. An irrigation professional can help you do this. Having a watering plan and a system that’s working properly is also how residents can help contribute to water conservation efforts.
- Upgrade your old system: Depending on the age, condition and function of your current sprinkler system, you might look into an installation upgrade. Investing in a new system makes sense when repairs are needed more often than not or it no longer serves the watering needs of your garden. If you want to keep your old sprinkler system, just make sure you keep up on regular maintenance, and know when it’s time to replace it.
- Water at the right time: First, get familiar with your county’s or city’s watering restrictions. Some areas are stricter than others—watering during restricted times can land you either a written warning or a fine. Don’t hesitate to contact your water district for a copy of approved watering days. As for the best times of the day to water, those would be early morning and later evening (basically, sunrise and sunset). The air is cooler at these times. There’s also less hot sunlight to evaporate sprinkler water.
- Watch the weather: Even though your sprinkler system is set to automatically turn on and off on certain days, pay attention to local weather patterns for incoming rain. You don’t need to use the sprinkler on rainy days, which saves money on your water bills and gives your sprinkler system a break from working hard. It also prevents over-watering your lawn.
- Know your soil: Not all soil is the same. Different types of soil need different amounts of water, which can vary from as little as one and a half inches to six inches down into the ground. A landscaper or sprinkler system installer can help identify your soil.
- Know your lawn’s watering needs: Your parents’ lawn two states over may need watering several times a week, while yours does just fine on one or two days of watering. On average, grass only needs to be watered two to three times a week, but once or twice is ideal for healthy grass growth and water conservation.
- Schedule pro maintenance: Annual professional sprinkler maintenance keeps your system in good shape to ensure years of proper function.
If you would like more information about how to maximize your sprinkler’s efficiency in Broward County, FL, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Spillers Sprinklers Inc. We are available to help with sprinkler system maintenance and repairs, as well as sprinkler installations. Call us today to learn more.