Keeping your lawn looking healthy and lush is an extremely difficult task when your lawn sprinklers fail to perform. One way of making sure you have optimum functioning sprinklers is with a sprinkler calibration. This is a useful tip to keep in mind if you are struggling to create an even looking lawn and wouldn’t mind cutting back on water costs by saving water.
Tip #1. Test Your Sprinklers:
Often your sprinklers may get stuck, or get blocked up and end up spraying water unevenly or in the wrong direction. To test if your sprinklers are doing their job, you can simply lay out about ten same-size containers on your lawn about two meters apart. Proceed by turning on your lawn sprinklers for fifteen minutes and then check how much water has collected in each container.
If the amounts in each container vary largely, there is probably a fault in the sprinkler system, causing it to water your lawn inconsistently. Being watered unevenly, your lawn may end up looking patchy, and you will probably end up watering more regularly to try and solve this problem.
Tip #2. Check the Sprinkler Heads:
One solution to your problem is to check your sprinkler heads to see if they are all the same type. If they vary in size or strength, it could easily be the cause of overwatering in some parts of your garden. However, some plants may need more water than others, so with a little professional help you should plan out exactly where your bigger sprinkler heads must go in order to do its job and have them moved accordingly.
Tip #3. Don’t Forget About Pressure:
Water pressure also has a large role to play when it comes to sprinkler systems. If one head is leaking, the pressure in the whole system is reduced and will not allow for watering your lawn properly.
Tip #4. Know Your Terrain:
Over or under watering your lawn can also happen if your sprinkler system is working properly. The amount of water needed depends on a few things: what type of grass you have, what type of soil it is planted in (for example sandy, clay, rocky), and also if it is a sunny or shady spot.
Tip #5. Install a Rain Sensor:
Installing a rain sensor is a good way to determine whether there has been enough rainfall to be able to skip a watering time slot. Although the rain sensor may seem like an unnecessary expense, it will definitely pay off in the long run when you consider how much water you will save when you are not doubling up on watering with rain and irrigation. Knowing how much water is coming to your lawn through rain will help you keep your sprinkler system in good shape for when it is really needed as you will be able to decipher when and how much you need to use your system.
Wireless rain sensors are very popular because they are much easier to install, with no cables to cause obstructions. Sensors should be put up in a place where no trees or other obstructions are in the way, so that an exact measure can be taken. They work by measuring how much rain has fallen and then directly send this information to your sprinkler system.
To have your system calibrated and to help you implement all these sprinkler saving tips enlist the expertise of your trusted professional from Art Plumbing, AC and Electric today!