The Happy Gardener

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It's hot out! HELP!


Question: Are you watering every day?

Answer: The problem with this was that it worked great when the climate was cool but as soon as the days got warmer it doesn't work. You'll end up watering for fifteen minutes a day, twenty minutes a day, and sometimes up to an hour a day, in order to maintain a healthy yard.

Question: Why do brown patches happen in those areas that are in the sun?

Answer: dry spot can occur when there is too much distance between two sprinklers. This is corrected by adding another sprinkler in between the two. Do you have head to head sprinkler coverage? A dry spot on the lawn is often due to a clogged sprinklers.

Question: What causes dry spots?

Answer: A dry spot is a Dried out areas in the lawn and landscape that do not receive adequate water.

Question: What are some of the things I can do to take care of dry spots?

I hope these questions and answers were helpful for you. Please visit our website for more helpful tips.


Before you can understand how an irrigation schedule works, you must first know what type of sprinkler system you have. Then you match your irrigation type to the schedule and set your automatic clock accordingly. If you have trouble identifying your sprinkler types, then ask for assistance from a professional gardener. Our schedules are designed with these types of sprinklers in mind; 1) pop-ups, 2) rainbirds (impacts), 3) single and multiple rotaries and, 4) Drip.

Question: How often and how long should I water?
Answer: We recommend splitting your water running time into thirds. For example, the instructions may read, "Run pop-ups for 24 minutes (3, 8 minute intervals) three times weekly, Sun., Tues., and Fri.". Water the first time at 1:00 am, the second time at 3:00 am, and the third time at 5:00 am.
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Question: Why should I split my watering time into thirds?

Answer: Watering for a brief period three times during the night simulates a long, slow rain. This allows the soil to absorb the moisture and eliminates run-off. Which do you think is more efficient; a long slow rain that allows the rain to penetrate the roots or a downpour that doesn't penetrate the roots?

Question: Can my irrigation clock do the job well?
Answer: Lets hope so. Take a look and see.

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