*Water Conservation

 

Properly installed and maintained irrigation systems can be a great water saver.

 There are a few rules to follow to maximize the effectiveness of your irrigation system.

The irrigation zones that define what area and time of watering should be set up accordingly to your plants need. Lawns should be on a different zone than flowerbeds. Mostly you would like to have plants that need more attention closer to the house than followed up with transition zone that contains mixture of native and non-native species. Plants in your transition zone will probably need to be watered only in first three years when they are being established. After that, they might need water just occasionally in times of hot spells in the summer. On the other hand, your lawns are typically the thirstiest. Often is hard to anticipate the best location of the sprinkler heads to avoid future blockade by growing plants. Micro heads that are easy to install and replace can avoid this nuisance by watering individual plants rather than spraying large area. Best time to water is at night when temperature drops. Effective strategy is a few minute repetitive cycles that allow water to penetrate but not saturate the soil. Most common mistake irrigation system owners make is that they assume that setting that is appropriate in the spring is going to be fine for the rest of the season. Even the most sophisticated systems equipped with moisture sensors needs to be regularly monitored and adjusted. 

We should all pay more attention to where we can make our watering more effective.

The specialists of Bloom Garden Design are committed to helping you create environmentally responsible landscapes.