Sprinkler System Do’s and Don’ts: Coping with Unpredictable Precipitation

May and June can be tricky months when it comes to watering your lawn. These months are very unpredictable with precipitation. Your lawn needs to have at least 1 to 1 ½ inches of water each week. Installing a sprinkler system can help you keep your lawn green and alive, even in the hottest months. It is a good investment, but you need to make sure you know the do’s and don’ts of sprinkler systems first.

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Do’s for Sprinkler Systems

If you don’t have a rain shutoff device on your sprinkler system, it may be a good idea to add one. Most sprinkler systems allow you to schedule the watering of your lawn so that you don’t have to think about it. A rain shutoff device ensures that the sprinkler will not run if it is raining or has rained recently.

It is important that you do not overwater your lawn. Overwatering can cause fungus and mold to grow in the grass, which can eventually kill it. In addition, watering your lawn unnecessarily is an expensive venture in both water and money.

You should also inspect your sprinkler system each month by watching it as it runs at least once within the month. This will ensure that heads are aligned correctly, not broken or leaking water, and that all zones are still coming on. This will ensure that your lawn is getting the appropriate amount of water in the appropriate areas.

Don’ts for Sprinkler Systems

Make sure that you are only watering your lawn. Watering driveways and sidewalks is a waste of water and money. You also don’t want to use your system when it’s raining, or overwater your lawn. Don’t water your lawn at night, because it will lead to fungus and mold growth. Instead, water your lawn in the morning, usually between 8 and 10 am.

If you have any additional questions on how to care for your sod during the months of unpredictable precipitation, contact us for more information. When you purchase new sod from us, we will make sure that you understand all the nuances of caring for your new lawn.