Keeping your lawn green and beautiful throughout the hot winter months can be a challenge. Even if you have already had your sprinklers professionally installed, you may need to constantly adjust and repair them to make sure that every square inch of the lawn is getting enough water. You may need to increase watering times, replace broken sprinkler heads or clean out dirty filters to make sure that enough water is getting to the lawn. Below are some ways for you to make sure that the roots of your lawn are getting the water that they need.
1. Measure the Amount of Water. If you are having a trouble spot on your lawn and think that the sprinklers may not be getting enough water to that part of the lawn, there is an easy way to figure that out. A healthy lawn requires about 1 inch of water to remain healthy and green. In order to measure the amount of water a specific area of your lawn is getting you can put a tuna can out. You can then use the amount of water in the tuna can to determine how often and how long you should be watering. If after 15 minutes there is 1/8 inch of water, you know that it will take around 120 minutes to get an inch. You can then program the sprinklers to split the time and days to add up to 120 minutes.
2. Change out Sprinkler Heads. All sprinkler heads are not created equal. Some types of sprinklers like spray heads may be good for small areas while rotor sprinklers may be better for larger areas. It is important to determine the type of sprinkler that works best for your yard so that the water is being distributed evenly and that enough water is reaching the crucial parts of the lawn.
3. Cleaning Filters and Replacing Heads. Often times, some sprinklers will become clogged with dirt and mud and the filters will need to be cleaned or replaced so that the water can flow through it better. Sprinkler heads can also get destroyed by a lawnmower or even through repetitive use. These will often need to be replaced so that the sprinkler works properly.
These are just a few of the ways that you can make sure that your sprinklers are working properly and that the water is getting to the lawn. There may be times when you need a more comprehensive repair and a sprinkler installation company like Steeplechase will need to be called in.