30 Nov

Common mistakes people make with their sprinkler system

So you’ve taken the plunge and purchased a sprinkler system. That’s great! Now you and your lawn will get to reap all the benefits and cost savings associated with it. That being said, just like with anything – there are certain things you’ll need to do in order to keep your sprinkler working in tip-top condition.  Today, we’re going to discuss a few common mistakes that new system owners make and how you can avoid them. Let’s jump right in! Watering everything at the same time One mistake that owners make is watering everything all at once, all the time. In reality, grass and shrubbery have vastly different root systems that absorb water at different rates. Grass traditionally needs a lot more water than shrubs do, so don’t worry about giving your bushes a dowsing every day. Make sure their waterings are a bit more spaced out. In addition, be mindful of runoff and drainage on your lawn. Some areas may need more than others, just by virtue of where they’re located in your space.  Not shutting down your system when it rains Most sprinkler systems today come with automatic shutoff devices, but certain models and specifically – older models – do not. If your system doesn’t, you’ll need to make sure it’s turned off when it rains. This is important for two reasons. First, it’ll prevent you from wasting water – and therefore, money. It’ll also helps to ensure that you don’t saturate and damage your lawn.  Skipping routine maintenance Sprinkler systems are like any other important thing that you own – it requires ongoing maintenance. You don’t need to inspect it every few months, as once a year will do just fine. But make sure you get it done. This maintenance will not only allow you to get the most out of your sprinkler system, but will also save you a boatload of money in repairs in the event that something goes wrong. Don’t let minor issues become catastrophes and make sure you’re not passing on maintenance.  Owning a sprinkler system is a great benefit as a homeowner that makes your life easier and also adds value to your property. That being said – just as is the case with everything – there’s a certain level of responsibility that is needed in order for you to get the most out of them. Stick to these tips and you should be more than OK. Good luck!