The Happy Gardener

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The Benefits of Following Our Irrigation Schedule


O ur irrigation schedules allow homeowners to take an active role towards solving their irrigation dilemma. It offers them the opportunity to learn more about their watering habits by practicing management techniques in their own yards. With the schedule in their hands, our clients can eliminate the guess work when it comes to setting their automatic irrigation clocks. Our schedule prescribes the correct amount of water the lawn and landscape needs to stay healthy without producing unnecessary runoff. We've even made the schedules easier to follow by telling you which days to run your system. Clients have the freedom to change their irrigation schedule with the changing seasons. They feel good about saving water while at the same time protecting their investment, the landscape.

Unfortunately, we've found that too many people water their yard every day or every other day with little to no thought as to how to irrigate properly. In dealing with the public the main complaint I've heard is that there is little to no resource for outdoor watermanagement. These schedules were designed to offer a resource for precisely this type of information.

Before clients can understand how an irrigation schedule works, they must first know what type of sprinkler system they have. Then they match their irrigation type to the schedule and set their automatic clock accordingly. If clients have trouble identifying their sprinkler types, then a professional gardener can easily assist them. Our schedules are designed with these types of sprinklers in mind; 1) pop-ups, 2) rainbirds (impacts), 3) single and multiple rotaries.

Sometimes people look for water management information without knowing what kind of irrigation system they have. This often results in the person receiving the wrong advice and watering either too much or not enough. I've seen home owners water exactly the same way for May as they would for August without compensating for the temperature changes. Armed with these bad watering habits most people water more rather than less. Our schedules are designed to work with the changing temperatures . During the rainy season we need to water less and during the dry season we need to water more. In January, and February we turn off our automatic irrigation clocks and operate them manually if needed at all. In March, April, and May water usage increases and in July, August, September, October water usage peaks. It winds down to a trickle in November and December.

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