With July and its hot temperatures and dry weather here in Colorado, we want to make you aware that July is also Smart Irrigation Month. Considering that droughts are unavoidable, it’s imperative that you make wise design and irrigation choices to keep your landscape healthy while also conserving water.
Here are several smart irrigation tips to help you curb your water usage and save money while also maintaining a healthy and lush landscape:
Plan ahead and design your system properly.
Before you put a shovel to the ground to design your irrigation system, have your system properly designed with your property’s specific needs in mind. What pressure and flow do you have? Design proper hydro zones as turf has different watering needs than planting beds. Proper head-to-head coverage and zoning will ensure that the specific plant or turf gets the proper amount of water and will help to alleviate dry or wet spots.
Take advantage of drip irrigation.
The risk of spraying water into the air is that some of the water will evaporate before it reaches the ground, leaving your plants thirsty. A drip irrigation system is an effective alternative for flowerbeds and non-grassy areas as it keeps water close to the ground, which allows the water to penetrate the soil.
Water when temperatures are the coolest.
By limiting watering to the coolest times of the day–early morning and evening hours–you’ll minimize the risk of water evaporating and not reaching your plants.
Use smart controllers.
A smart controller takes the guesswork out of how much water your landscape needs and ensures efficient irrigation. This technology uses information about your Colorado landscape such as its size, type of soil, plant type, the amount of sunlight, and level of rainfall to most accurately determine the optimal watering schedules.
Maintain your irrigation system.
Your irrigation choices are essential to the success and longevity of your landscape. Let Lifescape help you celebrate Smart Irrigation Month with our drought-friendly design upgrades and professional landscape maintenance to keep your yard looking its best.
Contact Lifescape today to learn more about making smart irrigation choices and the additional services that we offer for water-wise landscaping in Colorado.