It's time to get reacquainted with this thing.

Fall Back and Check Your Irrigation System

Daylight saving time is over. It’s time for your clocks to fall back and while you’re at it, why not check another timer in the house, the one on your irrigation system.

As you know, our rainy season is over that means no more evening thunderstorms, which is good news, but the rain that came with the lightning and thunder was great for your grass. So, now it’s time to get yourself familiar with the timer on your irrigation system again.

The big question
There’s no simple answer to the question, ‘what should I set my timer to?’, that all depends on where you live and what kind of grass you have covering your yard. However, there are some good rules that apply to most situations. 

Here are some numbers. In the fall your irrigation systems should spray three-fourths of an inch of water on your landscape for two days a week. A good way to test this is to put empty cans in your irrigation zones and measure the results, then adjust the times depending on what you find. When winter creeps in, your lawns need less water, and you’ll need to change the settings again.

Spot the signs
Be on the look-out for dry patches, folded leaf blades, and grass that looks more bluish-gray than green. Any of these symptoms indicate that your lawn is asking for more water. But, don’t overdo it. Overwatering leads to weeds, like dollar weed and those sinister sedges.

We hope you don’t have any irrigation issues this fall. But, if you do, we understand, that timer can be intimidating, and sprinkler heads don’t always spray water where they’re supposed to. If you have any questions or want one of our licensed experts to come out and make sure everything is working and set your timer, please give us a call.
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