How to Save Water in Your Yard
Water conservation is a recurring theme every year. Whether your reasons for wanting to save water are financial, environmental, or personal, there are always effective and efficient ways to accomplish your goal of trying to save water in your yard. In this article we're going to cover ways to be more water-conscious in your home, reducing your water usage, and even your water bill.
Some ways you can save water in your yard are:
We at Sprinkler Master have seen it time and time again. Water waste when there's a leak in your system can go through the roof. Oftentimes, people can attribute high water use with just their sprinkler system running. In reality, a house's sprinkler leaks can account for 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year1. The EPA did a study that says a sprinkler repair could even save 25,000 gallons of water!2 If your sprinkler system has a pipe leak or a sprinkler head that's leaking, getting it repaired by professionals like Sprinkler Master can drastically reduce your water meter reading. Call us today at (720) 577-5542 if you suspect a leak in your sprinkler system.
We might be biased on this one, but we love installing new sprinkler systems as a way to save water usage. With all the new technology that you can get in a sprinkler system, they can be amazingly efficient when it comes to reducing your water bill every month. One person we installed a sprinkler system for told us that his water bill went from over $200 when he was watering by hand to about $70 in Northern Utah. While your results may vary, it can be much, much more efficient to have a computer manage the watering of your lawn with precision. Pair a sprinkler system with a smart timer, and the timer can even do rain delays, give you suggestions and warnings based on what it's seeing in the system, and be activated and deactivated by you from anywhere in the world. On top of that, if you add a moisture sensor, then your system will only water the exact amount it needs in order to keep your lawn watered just enough.
Believe it or not, landscaping can have a massive effect on water usage. While some cities have recommended you remove grass in order to help with drought, Colorado State University published a study recommending people keep their lawns, but landscape effectively. This partly means selecting plants that will work well in your area. If you have plants that are accustomed to your temperatures and rainfall, they're less likely to need constant watering. Reduce water usage by simply getting plants that require less watering. The study also recommends avoiding over-irrigating your lawn. This means you need to understand how much to water your lawn. A new smart timer installed by Sprinkler Master in Denver, CO will help you automate this process and ensure you don't ever over-water your lawn.
When possible, it's also a good idea to design and grade your yard to reduce runoff. This is usually only feasible during early construction, however.
As we've covered in this article, there are a lot of factors that can drastically affect how efficient your sprinkler system is. But the option that requires the least manual work is sprinkler system programming. There have been many studies done on what the best way to water is, but the general priciples are simple.
- Only water when the sun is down. This helps the water soak deep into the soil without evaporating too quickly. It also helps the grass to soak up water and prepare for the sun later in the day.
- Set up a rain delay. Watering when it's raining doesn't help your grass much at all. Let the rain do the work for you, and keep your water usage down.
- Don't water every day. Not watering every day actually promotes stronger grass root growth, and can help the plant to be generally stronger than if you just water every day.
- Install a smart timer. Smart timers help drastically reduce overwatering. There isn't any guesswork about how long you need to water, it's all done with calculations by your smart timer when you have a moisture sensor.
Sprinkler heads are a relatively cheap component of your sprinkler system, and most types of sprinkler head have water-efficient versions. Multi-stream pop-up sprinklers, for example, have been proven to save quite a bit of water while still keeping a lawn looking green. Adjusting the nozzle and line pressure in zones with rotor and impact sprinklers can help reduce wasted water as well. If water is misting out of your sprinkler heads, then the pressure in the lines is too high and needs to be reduced. Ensure your sprinklers don't rotate into the sidewalks as well, as that is just water wasted.
When you're installing or even just adjusting your sprinkler systems, take your time to adjust everything properly. It can really make the difference in water usage, as well as your lawn looking good. Ensure a small amount of overlap between sprinklers, properly adjusted nozzles, and good timer practices to avoid dry spots.
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Sprinkler Master in South Denver
If you're looking to get your sprinkler system upgraded, but don't have the time to do it yourself, Sprinkler Master is here to help. Give us a call at (720) 577-5542 to get the highest quality sprinkler repair company to come help you today!
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- Lakewood, CO
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- 1: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week
- 2: https://www.lehighcountyauthority.org/2020/04/a-simple-sprinkler-spruce-up-could-save-25000-gallons-of-water/
- 3: https://extension.umn.edu/lawn-care/water-saving-strategies-home-lawns
- 4: https://extension.psu.edu/water-conservation-tips-for-irrigating-lawns
- 5: https://slowtheflow.org/outdoor-tips/more-tips/
- 6: https://slowtheflow.org/outdoor-tips/sprinkler-tips/