In order to maintain your property's landscaping, you will need to ensure that all of your plants get enough water. Sadly, irrigating your landscaping can be a task that many homeowners will find more complicated than what they had originally anticipated. This can lead to serious problems for your plants while also increasing your watering expenses and difficulties, but you can mitigate the worst of these issues through several landscaping irrigation tips.
Appreciate The Value Of An Irrigation Audit
If you have a sprinkler or slow drip irrigation system installed, it can be beneficial to have an irrigation audit performed every few years. These audits will help to determine the location of any leaks, clogs, or other issues with the irrigation system. Additionally, these audits will map the way that the water from the irrigation system flows through your soil.
Clean Your Sprinkler System
Sprinklers are among the most common type of residential irrigation system. Considering their low cost and ease of use, it should not be surprising that automatic sprinklers are a popular option, but some homeowners will assume that these sprinklers are completely free of maintenance. Yet, the sprinkler heads can have dirt get impacted in them. When this happens, the flow of water from the sprinkler can be severely limited. You can minimize the risk of the sprinkler head suffering this problem by cleaning it. Ideally, you should monitor the sprinklers the first few minutes they are running to make sure that water is easily coming out of them.
Winterize The Irrigation System Each Fall
Cold winter temperatures can be a serious hazard for an irrigation system. If the temperature drops low enough, any water in the system will freeze. As the water freezes, the tubing that carries the water through the irrigation system can be more prone to rupturing due to the frozen water requiring far more space. Winterizing an irrigation system will involve thoroughly draining the system of any water. Also, you may want to cap any retractable sprinkler heads so that you can help prevent dirt from becoming impacted.
During periods when your property is not getting sufficient rainfall, having a comprehensive irrigation system install can be a great solution for anyone that needs an effective way of watering the property. Having your irrigation system audited by a sprinkler repair professional, keeping the sprinkler heads clean, and winterizing the system can be simple but effective solutions for protecting your landscaping against a risk of insufficient water.