If you’ve recently installed an irrigation system you might not be completely familiar with the maintenance and service tips that help it function at maximum efficiency. If you’re looking forward to powering up your sprinkler system in preparation for spring, a bit of maintenance may be in order. Tune-ups not only keep your lawn in great shape, but they also prevent water waste.
Check Your Water Pressure
Before you get your irrigation system going for the first time, you’ll want to make sure that your water pressure settings are in the right place. The ideal PSI is typically between 40 and 65.
Check For Any Missing Or Broken Sprinkler Heads
If a sprinkler head is missing or broken, it will prevent water from being equitably distributed across your lawn. This can cause areas that are either too wet or too dry, which can lead to many other issues. When plants receive too much water, it prevents the roots from taking up enough oxygen, which will damage plant health.
Make Sure Sprinkler Heads are Pointed at the Right Angles
In addition to making sure sprinkler heads are in place and without damage, you’ll also want to be conscious of the angle that they are pointed in. Titled heads happen all the time from lawn mowers, kids or even adults. When this happens water is spread unevenly to one side which causes over watering and dry spots.
Change Control Timers To Meet Seasonal Plant Needs
Depending on the season, different types of plants have different needs in terms of watering level and time. During the peak of summer, they obviously need more water than they would in early spring and late August. For example, many grass types require .5 to 1 inch of water per week during the spring and fall, but in the summer they might require up to 1.5 inches a week. To account for this adjustment, change the controller settings to adjust the amount of water your lawn will receive.