Install a water-saving smart irrigation controller and qualify for a money-saving rebate. Smart irrigation controllers take the guesswork out of how often and how long to water. These devices connect to WiFi and access weather data and adjust the watering schedule to account for rain, temperature, humidity, UV index and even evapotranspiration.
If you don’t have a smart irrigation controller, set cans out to catch and measure the water output of your sprinklers; aim for ¾ of an inch.
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.
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.
If the soil is moist, don’t water! A screwdriver is a great way to test soil moisture; if the screwdriver goes easily into the ground, don’t water. Consider getting a soil moisture sensor that works with your smart irrigation controller.