Tips & Advice
When is the best time of day to water a lawn?
The best time of day to water a lawn is early morning or evenings - the cooler times of the day. Steer clear of watering during peak warmth and sun activity; not only can it be potentially damaging to plants, but more water is lost from evaporation, reducing efficiency.
Will a sprinkler system use less water than manual watering?
Provided the pressure and flow are identical, and the length of time watering is equal, there should be no difference in in the amount of water delivered between manual or timed sprinkler systems. It’s all about pressure and flow that determines delivery amount.
How frequently should a lawn be watered?
In the warmer months you want to water three to five times a week. In cooler months, two to three times a week should be plenty. The goal is to get ¾ of an inch to 1 inch of water delivered each time. A good rule of thumb is a little more in summer, a little less in winter. If you live in a rainy area, you might not need to manually water at all in the winter.
A check valve is a valve that only allows flow in one direction, while preventing flow in the opposite direction.
How long should sprinklers be operated, per day?
The first variable to determining how long to run your sprinklers is seasonal; the second is sprinkler output. In warmer months, or peak growing season, water for approximately 20-30 minutes a day, every three to five days. Ideally your grass wants 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch of water. In the cooler, slower growing seasons, 10-15 minutes, two to three times per week. If you use automatic sprinklers, be sure to adjust them seasonally.
How much does it cost to change a sprinkler valve?
Depending on where you live, it can cost anywhere from $50-$200, possibly more, to replace a standard sprinkler valve. Actual replacement materials, assuming there are no pipe issues, are relatively small. You can pick up a valve for as little as $15. It is the labor cost that can get you. Sprinkler valve replacement is a completely doable DIY project.
What is a drip irrigation system?
Drip irrigation is a system that uses a slower moving water supply to deliver a controlled amount of water through the use of a drip line that drips water down to the roots. Also known as micro irrigation or trickle irrigation method, drip irrigation is ideal for watering smaller, specific areas, such as smaller yards, gardens, and plants. The controlled water output prevents water loss from run-off and evaporation, making it more cost efficient. This is generally not a recommended method for large areas.
How many sprinklers can each irrigation zone have?
To determine how many sprinklers each irrigation zone can have, you need to know your water pressure and flow rate. Different pressure and flow rates mean your sprinklers will consume different amounts of water. Once you have determined rates, you can calculate usage, which needs to be within your home’s water capacity rate. You can find the rates in the literature of your sprinkler system, and it will guide you to the sprinkler limits of your irrigation zone.
How deep should a sprinkler system be buried?
It is recommended your sprinkler system be buried 6-12 inches underground. Be sure to consider frost and freezing depths in your area, as they can wreak havoc on shallow pipes. Also be sure to leave enough room for the sprinkler heads to fully retract.
How much does it cost to install lawn sprinklers?
For a typical 1/4-acre-size yard you can expect to pay $3,000-$4,000 to install sprinklers. A 1/2-acre lot will typically cost $3,500- $5,500, and a full-acre lot will cost around $8,000-$10,000. You can DIY for roughly 1/3 of those estimates, if you are so inclined. There are variables, so consult a local landscape contractor for an estimate and be diligent about shopping around for deals.