01 Oct

Three common irrigation mistakes homeowners make

Make no mistake about it, life is a lot easier than it used to be – at least in most ways.  We have devices that can plan our days for us, we can send notes in the blink of an eye and even find our way to places – all on one device. In fact – that’s a lot of things, these days, right? How many times have you heard the word ‘turnkey’ as a benefit when purchasing a certain service or product? And to be sure – lawn sprinklers aren’t immune from this. Keeping your lawn lush, green and healthy has never been easier – freeing you from the tedium of untangling hoses and watering your lawn yourself.  That being said – all of this new technology has lulled us into a false sense of security in many ways. Unfortunately, it’s still really easy to make mistakes when it comes to irrigating your lawn and today – that’s what we’re going to discuss. Here are three of the most common mistakes people make when irrigating their lawn. Let’s jump right in!  Mistake #1: Viewing your landscape as a whole Remember that line we had up top about things that are ‘turnkey?’ Well yeah – lawns are not that. Lawn’s (and the sprinkler systems you use to take care of them) are not a one-solution solution. Instead, they’re a chum bucket of separate micro-climates and plant-specific ones.  One might have grass while the other is bushes and a flower garden. One zone might have a tree and the other might have lots of shade. Another may get almost too much sun. Some are sloped and others are flat and have poor drainage. Lawns are different – and they all require customized solutions.  Don’t water your lawn like an entire single landscape. Instead, be sure that your irrigation system is subdivided and each spigot knows its role and how much water needs to go where.  Mistake #2: Over-watering This really is a common secondary issue that happens as a result of Mistake #1. While water is and should always be seen as a good thing; too much of a good thing can, in fact – be very bad for you and your lawn. Believe it or not – applying too much water to your lawn can be one of the worst things you can do to it. You need to constantly think about how much water your landscape needs and what zones need what. And in some cases, less (but deeper) waterings can be best. Whatever the needs; be sure to consult with a pro who will be able to help you solve just how much (or little) water your landscape needs.  Mistake #3: Setting and forgetting Everyone today likes to ‘set and forget’ things. And that goes especially for a sprinkler system. While it can take a lot of work off your plate, you can’t just completely forget about your sprinkler system.  Why? Timing changes. Daylight savings happens. Heat waves come, heat waves go. Droughts today, floods tomorrow. Conditions are constantly changing around us and an early morning watering today could be a mid-morning watering tomorrow. More frequent waterings might be needed this week – while very few will be needed the next.  Long story, short – getting a sprinkler system doesn’t mean you forget about what’s going on around you. Anything nice worth having does require a little work and in this case – keeping your head on a swivel will help you get the most out of your sprinkler system.  If you’re looking to upgrade your landscape’s irrigation system, give our experienced professionals a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, we hope these tips help and good luck!