Check. Measure. Water. Cycle.
- Check your irrigation system every 1-3 years for leaks and broken sprinkler heads. The W.I.S.E. Guys program can help you get started. This program is offered at no cost and you may qualify for a rebate of up to $200.
- Measure your system precipitation rate to find out how much to water.
- Water with the weather to supplement nature. When it rains, turn it off. Turn off the irrigation system if your system doesn't have a moisture gauge. When do I turn it back on? Watch your plants and grass.
- Use the cycle and soak watering method. Apply one-half inch of water each irrigation application to reduce run off, improve root depth and increase water effectiveness.
There are many new smart irrigation controllers on the market that will help you water more efficiently according to weather patterns. You can find a controller that has a wi-fi connection, weather-based sensors, or even an app that you can download on your phone so it's easier to control everything.
We know it's hard to remember to turn off your sprinkler system after it rains. Rain/freeze sensors can help you with this, as they are designed to adjust to the frequently-changing weather patterns in North Texas. When a pre-determined amount of rain has fallen or temperatures have reached a freezing point, your irrigation system will shut off in order to conserve water that would have been wasted otherwise.
While the concept of drip irrigation may not necessarily be new technology, it is a huge component of irrigation systems that tend to be left out! Drip irrigation saves water by allowing water to drip slowly onto the surface of the soil or straight to the roots of plants through a network of tubes with tiny holes (soaker hoses), emitters, and valves. This kind of irrigation has become more common in gardens and areas with plants that have different watering needs, giving your landscape that deep, infrequent watering it needs to flourish. To learn more about drip irrigation, click here.
The Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program has many different resources to help with irrigation questions. For more information about irrigation and how to manage it, check out the EPA's Irrigation with a Pro webpage. To read more about the EPA's WaterSense program, click here.