Jesse Engbretson of Greenedge Sprinklers
Much of the water applied to lawns and gardens never gets absorbed by the plants. Common ways that water is wasted include:
Runoff. Applying water too rapidly causes runoff, because grass and plants can only absorb so much water at a time. When runoff occurs, soil, fertilizers, and pesticides can be carried to nearby streams.
Evaporation. Watering in the middle of the day or using a sprinkler that sprays a fine mist causes much of the water you apply to be lost through evaporation. Plants don’t have enough time to absorb the water before it is evaporated by the sun.
Under-watering. Watering too little is wasteful because it does little to alleviate any drought stress that the plants may have. Telltale signs of under-watering; wilted plants, dry, folded, yellow leaves or soil dry into an inch of the ground.
Over-watering. Applying too much or too often causes the greatest waste of water. In addition to over-watering the plant, excessive irrigation can leach nutrients deep into the soil away from plant roots, which increases the chances of runoff pollution. Telltale signs of over-watering include wilted plants, folded, rolled, yellow leaves or soggy soil.
Should you notice any of these issues contact Greenedge Sprinklers for a thorough system check up.