Remember the old days when your mom or dad would have to stand outside with a hose multiple times a day to make sure that the yard and plants get enough water to survive the summer heat? They didn’t know the difference, but the idea sounds crazy in this age of high tech home irrigation systems. But as much as we all love having a set it and forget it sprinkler system installed on our properties, there are some common irrigation problems that can pop up if you’re not keeping a close eye.
The Splotchy Lawn Problem
Don’t you just hate this? Sometimes it seems that no matter what you do, you can't get an even and consistent water on your lawn. Some areas seem muddy while other areas look dry, it seems like a no-win situation. But the chances are, your sprinkler heads just needs to be adjusted in order to get good coverage on all the areas of the lawn. You may think that your grass can’t possibly get too much water during the summer, but that isn’t true. Any time water pools in one place and doesn't drain properly you can easily get damage to the turf.
The Wasted Water Problem
You’ll know if you have this problem when you keep watering and yet the lawn keeps dying, or when your water bill starts to spike. In the former situation, you should consider what time of the day you’re watering. If you water the grass at the hottest point of the day it will evaporate before it can be absorbed. Consider watering early in the morning before the sun comes out to give your grass plenty of time to drink in that water. If your water bill spikes, the likely issue is that you have sprung a leak somewhere in your irrigation system. If this is the case we recommend that you hire someone to complete an audit of your system.
The Drowned Plants Problem
You have your irrigation system set to meet the needs of your grass, but somehow it’s causing the plants on your property’s perimeter to either get too much or not enough hydration. This is a common issue as the watering needs of your plants is different than that of your grass. A good solution to this is to install drip irrigation in plant beds that have specific watering needs and readjusting your sprinkler to avoid those areas altogether.
You invest good money in your irrigation system, but that doesn’t meet you can just set it up and forget about it. Even the best system needs to be regularly reviewed to ensure that it’s meeting your specific needs. If you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned issues, don’t panic. All you need is the help of an experienced professional. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.