Less Water – More Green
Robert Boyle of RB Irrigation
Clients often ask about saving water and wonder if they will be able to still have a lush and green property.
It’s a balancing act to figure out how much water and how long and often to water. And for conservation purposes, how can the amount of water be reduced and still provide the same desired results?
There are several solutions that are available to Irrigation Contractors to increase efficiency of our irrigation systems.
Healthy soil needs less water
Your landscaper can contribute to saving water by mowing high. That way when it rains or the sprinkler runs, there is less runoff and more water is soaked in.
Healthy lawns require less irrigation
It’s a good idea to have an irrigation audit, inspections and a maintenance plan so that the health of your landscape is protected and that your sprinkler system is operating at peak performance. Some signs of a poorly performing sprinkler system are clogged, broken or misting heads, wet walkways, driveways, patios and water in the street. These are all things that if not fixed waste a lot of water.
To achieve a healthy, beautiful landscape while reducing water, install newer components such as smart controllers and soil and moisture sensors. Look for WaterSense labeled products, their products are certified to use at least 20 percent less water, save energy, and perform as well as or better than regular models. WaterSense Weather Based Irrigation Controllers are smart sprinkler controllers which schedule watering based on real time weather conditions and can be controlled remotely by a smartphone app by you or your irrigation contractor.
Another way to save is to update your sprinkler heads to pressure regulated spray heads. These sprinkler heads prevent over spraying and misting which blow the water out of the irrigation zone. As of 2020 California will be the first state to make these sprinkler heads a requirement.
So, Go Green by installing newer technology to conserve water and to increase your sprinkler system’s efficiency. Your property will have more green and so will your wallet!