Lawn And Garden Constantly Thirsty? Using A New Sprinkler System To Keep Them Watered
If you do not get a lot of rain in your area and your lawn and garden always seem to be thirsty, you may want to invest in a sprinkler system. If you have never used sprinkler systems in the past, it can be a little confusing. To help you out, below is how a sprinkler system works and how to conserve water when using one.
How a Sprinkler System Works
A sprinkler system has only a few components that allows it to work. First, there is a controller that is the main part of the sprinkler system. The controller is electronic and uses a timer to tell the sprinkler system when to start spraying and when to stop. The controller is connected to a set of valves. The valves tell the water exactly where to spray, such as directly over a flower garden. The valves are connected into your home's water system. When the water is turned on, water flows through the valves into the sprinkler heads. With many sprinkler systems the sprinkler heads are at ground level when they are not in use, and then pop up when the sprinkler system is turned on. You can talk to a professional, like Krupske Sprinkler Systems, for a more detailed explanation of how your new sprinkler system works.
How to Conserve a Sprinkler's Water
If you do not use your sprinkler system in the right way, you could end up using more water than you need to. If you apply too much water too often, the water does not have time to absorb into the ground but instead will run off the top of the soil. The best way to avoid this is to run it for a short period of time, take a break, and then run it again. For example, you could let it spray for about 15 minutes and then take a 15-minute break and so on until everything is properly watered. This gives the water time to soak into the ground instead of creating surface run-off.
If you want to know if your garden has enough water stick your finger into the soil. If it feels damp a couple of inches down, then it has enough water.
The time of day you water can also make a difference. Watering in the mornings when it is cooler outside and the sun is low is best. If you wait until the middle of the day when it is hot and the sun is high, much of the water will evaporate before it has time to get into the soil.
You should not run the sprinkler at night either. The plant foliage and lawn will stay wet all night, which can cause fungus and other diseases to grow.
Hire a landscape contractor to install your sprinkler system for you. They can also give you many more tips on how to use it.