SMART IRRIGATION DELIVERS GREEN IN MANY WAYS
As seasons change, so do your landscape needs. When the summer months hit their hottest points, drastic changes in temperature, humidity, and rainfall can significantly impact the turf and plant material throughout your properties.
Plants and shrubs can be susceptible to these changes, and without an appropriate watering plan, stressed or dying plant material can harm your brand standards.
We don’t have the power to switch the sun off-and-on or the ability to change the temperature like a dial in your car, but we can help manage the amount of water your landscape will require!
The Anatomy of Irrigation Systems are E-valve-lutionary
A properly functioning irrigation system is critical to the health of all of your landscaping material, including the turf, shrubs, and trees. There are several key components that make up an irrigation system, and the functionality of each component is crucial to the system as a whole.
Often, just one broken part can render a zone or even an entire system inoperable. Let’s review some of the critical components of a standard irrigation system:
Valve boxes create safe environments for your irrigation valves and ancillary parts. These boxes will usually contain electronic valves for your irrigation zones, which permit or stop water flow towards each zone.
Each wired valve to the irrigation controller operates through an electronic solenoid that the controller powers. The solenoid receives a signal from the controller to open and close the valve, allowing water to flow at the appropriate time.
Many irrigation systems also include rain sensors, which work in tandem with the controller. Rain sensors notify the system to cease watering due to recent rain activity and adjust watering times, potentially saving thousands of gallons of water per cycle.
Other vital components of any irrigation system are the sprinkler heads which typically include a rotor and spray heads. Rotor heads are pop-up bodies that rotate in a 360-degree radius with a single or double stream spray. The rotor’s pop-up height can range from two inches to a foot and can cover a radius between 10-to-30-ft.
Spray heads irrigate smaller areas between five-to-15-ft and have a fixed spray pattern.
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Be the Poseidon of Your Water Source
Managing irrigation water usage can reduce the cost of water bills, avoid harmful overwatering of landscape assets, and limit unnecessary water waste.
Installing a water meter on your irrigation system allows for proper tracking of system water usage. Recording water usage amounts weekly or monthly is recommended to identify any drastic variances from previous weeks or months.
Another irrigation tip is to convert your flower beds or other mulched areas of your landscape to drip irrigation. Drip irrigation can save you about 50% of your overall water usage, compared to using spray and rotor irrigation heads.
Additionally, make sure all your irrigation heads are using the correct nozzle for efficient application. Using an efficient nozzle creates a good spray pattern that waters only your property’s landscaped areas while reducing runoff.
Finally, plant the proper vegetation for your environment! You want to ensure that your landscape can handle the environmental aspects of your facility’s location. Understanding your landscape will prevent you from wasting water by mitigating extra measures because you liked the look of tropical plants suited for desert environments.
Overall, these water management tips will help you monitor and reduce your irrigation system’s water usage, leading to more long-term savings.
Plant Your Seeds and Keep Watering
An ongoing monitoring program should be in place to ensure proper operations and management of the use of your water sources.
Irrigation systems are large investments, and you want to make sure you’re extending its life cycle to the fullest capacity. Monthly wet tests are required to check for needed repairs and adjustments to system run-times, which will maximize the systems’ effectiveness and deliver a proper response.
Monthly monitoring and maintenance of your systems is genuinely the best way to minimize significant repairs for your irrigation. When you identify minor problems, repair them quickly to keep them from evolving into more extensive and more costly repairs.
Lastly, winterizing your irrigation in the Fall is an essential yearly service that should happen before any freezing ground-level temperatures arrive. Properly winterizing your irrigation will prevent freezing pipes and other issues that could cost you hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars in repairs when the system is turned back on in the Spring!
Your irrigation system is a critical asset that plays a pivotal role in achieving and maintaining the landscaping brand standards you expect at your properties.
By implementing these measures for your irrigation system, you can expand your irrigation system’s lifespan and save your facility thousands of dollars in additional repairs or plant replacements.
Safeguard that all the irrigation system components are installed correctly, especially your irrigation, valves, heads, and driplines, and always utilize a knowledgeable irrigation service provider for repairs, maintenance, or installation.
Remember, landscaping and irrigation maintenance are two completely different trades, so make sure you are hiring a licensed and qualified irrigation technician to assist with your irrigation maintenance.
Contacting a reliable and knowledgeable contractor is your first step in helping you to navigate all your irrigation system needs!