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Learn Your Controller

  • Look up your controller’s manual online if you do not have one.
  • Note how many programs and start times are available.
  • Determine which stations are active by manually running each station.
  • Look for leaks, broken heads and/or runoff.
  • Start with a one-weekly schedule in the spring.
  • Short runtimes, with repeats, are most effective as it gives soil and plants a chance to absorb water.
  • Determine best interval for watering based on one-inch of dry topsoil between waterings.
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Learn About Your Zones and Group Plant Types

  • If possible, assign a heavier watering schedule (or zone program) to water loving plants and a lighter watering schedule to drought tolerant plants.
  • Utilize 3 minute start times in the early morning with an hour in-between for soaking.
  • Lawns generally need watering two days a week in spring, and three days a week in summer.
  • Shrubs generally need one day a week in spring and slightly more in summer.
  • If plants seem to need more water, increase schedule by one day per week.
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Keep your sprinkler system up-to-date

  • Create a custom watering schedule and regularly adjust your sprinkler timer to a budget suggested by the published water index.
  • Install a smart sprinkler timer that will adjust to changing conditions.
  • Use rotating sprinkler nozzles for lawn and ground covers.
  • Convert from spray watering to drop, bubblers, and microsprays for your shrub and flower beds.
  • Install a rain sensor to automatically shut off sprinklers.
  • Change or cap sprinkler heads in areas converted from lawn to shrub and flower beds.
  • Repair sprinkler leaks and adjust for blocked spray and runoff to avoid water waste.