An irrigation system is an essential part of being a Texas homeowner. With the hot weather piping up, it’s time to make your yard and garden summer proof. By having an irrigation system in your yard, not only are you keeping your exterior home looking sharp, but you’re also adding value to your property, convenience to your lifestyle, and saving water!
Let’s start with the basics: what is an irrigation system? Essentially, an irrigation system is a built-in sprinkler system on a timer that keeps grass green and gardens growing. It distributes the perfect amount of water needed to keep your property prospering. When installing, all the pipes are underground maintaining a sleek visual appearance.
Planning a vacation? Don’t worry, the irrigation system has you and your yard covered. This system is wildly convenient—never have to ask the neighbor to water your flowers/lawn ever again. Along with the independence of it all, also keep in mind that the likelihood of your lawn or new garden dying are far less likely with the programmed habitual watering received by the irrigation system. Wasting time and money on new flowers and grass amplifiers will be a thing of the past!
Here are some quick facts about home irrigation systems, and how to properly utilize yours:
· To reduce water evaporation and waste: ensure that your system is set to run twice a week between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM. This is when temperatures and wind speeds are their lowest.
· Even in the hottest months, your established lawns need no more than one inch of water per week.
· If irrigation water is running freely into the street, you may be over-watering.
· Zones that are in shaded areas require about 30% less water than zones located in sunny areas.
· If your system was installed by Blackburn Homes, there are watering durations (in minutes) for each zone recommended on the laminated paperwork on each irrigation system control panel, as well as a map of your zones.
· Aeration is never suggested if you have an irrigation system—the spokes may damage the water lines.
· If you utilize a landscaper, always notify them of your irrigation system to reduce the risk of damages.
The manufacturer’s website (listed on the control panel) is a great resource for instructional videos and useful information. As always, our Warranty Department is here to help with any questions you may have!