Irrigation System Scheduling

Published on: January 4, 2012

A professionally installed irrigation sprinkler system can do wonders for your landscaping including your lawn, flower beds, shrubs, and any plants that need regular watering.  No longer do you have drag out the hose, set up the sprinkler, remember to turn on and off the water, and mover the sprinkler around the yard.  A properly designed irrigation system evenly waters your yard on the schedule you set and takes care of your flowers, trees, shrubs and other plants.

The only thing your irrigation system can’t do is think for itself. You have to tell it what to water and when.  Scheduling your irrigation system is a very important task because improper scheduling can cause damage to your landscaping.  Just as too little water can cause your landscaping to wither and die, too much water can contribute to diseases and root rot.

The first thing you need to determine is the water needs of your lawn and each type of plant or shrub.  Some plants need a lot of water and do best in wet soils.  Others need less frequent watering.  Your landscaping professional should be able to help you with this.

Once you have identified how much water is needed, you can schedule your irrigation system.  Keep in mind that you still need to pay attention to the weather and adjust the schedule as needed throughout the season to avoid overwatering.  Not only does overwatering waste water, as previously mentioned it can actually do harm to your landscaping.

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