Some quick sprinkler tips

Hello Cheyenne, we wanted to take a quick break from mowing your lawn to give you some tips on your sprinkler system. (and then we will get back to work, we promise)

1. Schedule: On established lawns, it is best to water deeply and less frequently. This encourages grass roots to grow deep and become less dependent on you.  (Kind of like raising little grass kids, huh?) 

2. Time of Day: It's best to water your lawn in the morning when it is still cool and you don't lose water from evaporation.  You can also water in the evening when it's cool, but... just like you don't like going to bed wet, your lawn doesn't always like it either. (the risk of lawn disease increases when it remains wet overnight)  So, be kind and water in the morning... 

3. Rain Sensor:  Don't be the person who is watering their lawn in the rain.  (You are so much better than that!)  Install a rain sensor so your system knows to hold off on the scheduled watering if it's raining. 

4. Amount of Water:  We all know information is power.  So, get some of this sweet information power by figuring out how much water your lawn is getting. The easiest way of doing this is by putting an empty tuna can on your lawn and then starting your sprinkler system and your stop watch.  When the tuna can is full, stop your stop watch and now you know how long it takes to water your lawn with an inch of water. POWER!!

5. Inspect: Take time to inspect your sprinkler system for leaks and/or broken lines.  Look for signs of leaking such as damp spots in your lawn.  Also, observe the sprinkler spray patterns and make sure you aren't watering the sidewalk, driveway or your neighbor's lawn.  Yep, you heard me, stop the free lawn watering hand outs.  (Unless you are stealing their wi-fi. Then you should probably give their lawn some water. Least you can do. Really, it's the least you can do.)  Also, gently trim back any plants that are blocking the sprinkler head.  

Okay, that's it for now. Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.  Now back to mowing...