Visually inspect your sprinkler system once a month during daylight hours. Check and fix any tilted, clogged or broken heads. Although watering at night is recommended, you won’t notice problems with your system unless you see it in operation.
Water your landscape in cycles by reducing the number of minutes on your timer and using multiple start times spaced one hour apart. This allows the water to soak into the soil and avoids runoff.
Turn your sprinkler system off during or after a rainstorm and leave it off until the plants need to be watered again.
Consider installing an automatic rain shutoff device on your sprinkler system.
Install drip irrigation systems for trees, shrubs and flowers.
If the water coming out of your sprinklers is misting and drifting away in the wind, it is likely caused by too high of pressure. Install a pressure reducer on your sprinkler line if necessary.
Test soil moisture with a soil moisture probe or screwdriver before you water. Or get a soil moisture sensor that works with your smart irrigation controller. If the soil is moist, don’t water!
Watch out for broken sprinklers, open hydrants, broken pipes and any other significant water losses in your community. Be sure to notify the property owner or the water district of the problem. Or report water waste to the Hall of Fame or Shame.