It’s hot, it’s humid, and we all know that we are in for a few months of staggering heat and hitting the pool. Which can only mean one thing: it’s official, summer is here and in full swing.
So now that it’s hot, it’s a great time to get outside and re-check your irrigation system to ensure that they are functioning at full capacity and working like a charm (really, this should be done once a month… minimum).
An irrigation system that is working well is your property’s best friend, and the key component to a great looking landscape. Here are five tips to help you along.
– A, B, C… as easy as… okay, you get it. Use that song as a gentle reminder to check your system’s timing. Your clock should have an A, B, and C setting for drip irrigation, high water use, water-efficiency, and so on. Use them to keep your landscape beautiful throughout the season.
– Keep and eye out. Your system obviously has a clock or timer, but what it doesn’t have is a brain (unfortunately). This is where you come in. Be mindful of rain amounts, hot weather, water-restrictions, etc. Set your base watering schedule to provide about 1-inch per week in grass areas, and less for shrubs and bushes. Use your water-miser setting and watch the weather.
– Note restrictions. As noted above, keep in mind what days of the week your area sets watering restrictions. These regulations can also apply to drip irrigation. Be mindful to avoid violation.
– Make a Trade-in. We all love new things, so maybe it’s time you trade-in your old clock for a new one. Some areas even offer a rebate for doing so. Check with your HOA office, or local government for more information.
– Monthly equipment checks. Once a week, make your rounds, and look for problems with your irrigation system. Check for misaligned or obstructed heads, broken lines or parts, and accurate “head-to-head” coverage. Create a checklist for easy cataloging. Simple weekly checks can save you lots of money in the long run.
For more information on how we can help you with your commercial irrigation systems here in NC, please contact us for more information.