Every Drop Counts “Outdoor Irrigation”
- Install drip irrigation where possible. Periodically check drip systems for clogged or broken tubing or emitters.
- Use soaker hoses where drip isn’t possible. Stake a soaker hose to desired locations in flower beds, around trees and shrubs and in gardens. Determine the optimal pressure and watering time. Too much pressure causes soaker hoses to spray rather than sweat. Fasten soaker hoses to a hose timer and turn on the timer. You can regulate excess water pressure with a multi-port manifold and hose timers to supply several soaker hoses with ease.
- Automate sprinkler systems. Use electronic or mechanical timers and soil moisture sensors to help water efficiently. Use an automatic timer or set a timer to remind you to turn off sprinklers. Use a kitchen timer if you can’t install an automated system.
- Use hose-end shut-off valves for hand watering. Turn off the water as you move the hose from plant to plant.
- Repair leaks. Especially bad hose connections.
- Water early in the morning or in the early evening when the air is still and evaporation is minimal.
- Install a rain sensor that allows your irrigation system to automatically shut-off when rainfall exceeds a certain amount.
- Inspect irrigation systems and fix leaks, broken/clogged sprinkler heads.
Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes