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Dispelling Irrigation System Myths  

People these days are very concerned about waste and environment, recycling efforts across the board have increased in homes and even business owners are recycling too. Some grocery stores are now encouraging their customers to use canvas bags instead of plastic bags. With so many people concerned about being eco-friendly, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear questions like if your product is good or bad for the environment.

Irrigation System

In an irrigation system, many people are asking if it is really conserving water. And the answer is yes. In fact, an irrigation system is actually eco-friendlier than watering using traditional; methods like using a sprinklers and hose. This is because irrigation systems are more sophisticated and can be programmed to target only specific areas of your lawn. In this way, the green areas which really need most of the water get it while the areas that don’t need that much water, do not use more water that it needs.

One myth is that most believe that irrigation systems are necessarily expensive. This is because many people have seen irrigation systems in high-end business and luxurious neighborhoods. Most people assume that this must be expensive because they can be found most of the time in affluent areas. The very truth about this is that the irrigation system could be expensive but the irrigation system can also be affordable. It always depends on the needs of your area and how much you are planning to spend. Just think of this, if your 10,000 sq. ft. lot will install an irrigation system worth $4500 and is installed properly and correctly programmed, it could last for 15 years or more. That could only cost $300 a year if you break down the total annual cost.

If you are aware of your summer water bills, check the increase in your water consumption during summer watering using sprinklers and hose and then factor in the hassles of manually watering your lawn, the turning on or off and following the restrictions to water the areas that have minimal rain then moving the manual sprinklers and hose around, remember to do it on scheduled time every day ensuring that every area on the yard is watered. With the effort you used and the time you spend added with the cost of water increase during summer could probably cost you $300 or maybe more.

Sprinkler system and drip irrigation system could both be designed to be the best lawn irrigation for your lawn. A professionally programmed and installed irrigation system is much more eco-friendly, convenient and accost effective method of watering than your traditional method. So, check myths before assuming. Have your lawn checked with your irrigation specialist for any questions and concerns because these specialists in irrigation system will be happy to serve you in the field of their expertise and skill making the best out of your lawn by giving them the necessary needs through a proper irrigation system that suits your lawn. And that is not a myth.

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4 Ways to Reduce Irrigation Costs

During the heat of summer, in order to preserve the good look of your landscapes and lawn, proper and efficient irrigation system is needed. However, many facilities are wasting their water due to improper irrigation system they have causing them to pay more for the water bills. Almost 50% of water is wasted due to overwatering, caused by inefficient methods and watering system. Here are some ideas to reduce the irrigation cost in your home or business lawns.

Irrigation Costs

Proper Irrigation Maintenance

One of the most important mistake you could do is overlooking your maintenance duties to your irrigation system because this irrigation system requires oversight in ensuring its proper operation and if neglected can cause massive waste of water. Maintenance staff must have skill and expertise in irrigation systems because systems break down over time and making bad decisions on the repair could cause can significantly affect the efficiency of your irrigation system.

Irrigation requires a facility staff’s attention at regular basis via periodic checks. if the sprinkler system is not turned to its right settings, it will waste a large amount of water like a sprinkler that is partly irrigating in a pavement.

Overhead vs. Drip

The type of irrigation system you choose is very important to the specific area you are hoping to water. Each type of irrigation system has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Drip system provides a steady flow of water directly to the soil, if it is correctly installed, this type of water irrigation system can reduce water usage by 10%-20% compared to a sprinkler system. However, the drip system requires careful maintenance.

Overhead system is like traditional sprinklers that sprayed above the plants. This system requires less maintenance but it might not be as efficient as drip system in term of water use.

Plant material and area are two factors to consider when choosing an irrigation system. For larger areas of lawn, the overhead system will be better while drip system is used in small areas with more localized shrub or flower.

Irrigation Control and Scheduling

To reduce water usage, the schedule of your irrigation system should be set at its vital, the common problem is that people don’t change the schedule, they will turn it on May and leave the same schedule until October when they will shut it off where you don’t need as much water before summer than in the middle of summer.

Landscaping

The final thing to consider in reducing water waste is focused on the area you are watering. Planning your landscapes and choosing the right plant can reduce water consumption substantially. You can have the option to cut back water usage by replacing plants, drought-resistant plants can be used and these types of plants require little water.

There are also plants that will only need 3-5 years of irrigation until they become well established in its new ecosystem.

For an efficient and proper system which best for your lawn, consult with your trusted irrigation system specialist to guide you from planning through the installation of the system.

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Proper Ways to Water Your Lawn

When?

It is recommended that homeowners water their lawn as early as possible in the morning around 6:00 am to 10:00 am, during this time when the wind speed is low and the sun is less intense having your lawn a full day to dry. In the early morning, the chance of getting all your water delivered by your sprinklers be evaporated by the midday sun is lesser. In this way, you will not have to water again and unnecessarily waste resources. Watering early in the morning also encourages photosynthesis, a process by which plants create food by converting carbon dioxide, water, and energy from the sun. this guarantees that your lawn remains happy and healthy.

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Watering in the afternoon is alright as well between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm because the sun is not hot and there will be less evaporation, but don’t ever think of water at night when there is no sun to dry your lawn, the excess water on the leaves is inviting to all sorts of mildew, fungi and other plant diseases, since most of the leaf diseases flourish in damp and wet environments.

Don’t make the mistake of most homeowners do, and that is turning on their sprinklers every day. It is best that you only water your lawn deeply about 2 to 3 times a week. Watering shallowly but more frequently will discourage deep rooting which is necessary for a drought resistant and healthy lawn. If their roots are deep its possible they could retain water for longer. But if they are shallow, it will weaken your lawn because it will dry quickly. Your lawn only needs to receive about an inch of water a week and a 30 minute of watering could accomplish that.

Where?

It should be pretty obvious but unfortunately, this is such a problem that needs to be said. Make sure to keep the sprinkler heads about 4 – 6 inches from the sidewalks, patios, curbs and driveways. There is always one homeowner that has their sprinkler aimed at the street and even how much watering of pavement you will do, I promise you, it won’t grow.

How?

Most of the homeowners program their sprinklers in watering their lawn ones for a long period of time and that’s because it’s what their timer is set to do. But it is actually more efficient that your sprinkler is programmed to water your lawn a few short cycles instead. Letting the water soak for about an hour in between each cycle. It is proven to conserve water and keep the plants thrive and green. The best way to check if your lawn needs water is to step on it, if you could see your footprint, it is dry and it is time to water again.

Why?

These tips could help reduce runoff in the end and ensure that your lawn remains healthy and strong. Using the irrigation system effectively can really save water and your money. And if not watering properly, think of the shallow rooting, disease of plant and fungal growth.