Water-wise gardeners create healthy landscapes that can withstand dry, hot conditions by following a few simple guidelines. Here, we’ll give some tips on how to be water-efficient with 3 types of irrigation systems – sprinklers, drip irrigation, and hand watering.
Sprinklers (can cover large areas)
A manual sprinkler requires opening the valve, setting the timer and then shutting off the flow.
An automatic system offers the advantage of programmable controllers.
Be sure to set an automatic sprinkler properly, and as conditions change, adjust it.
To reduce the rate of evaporation, water early in the morning.
If water runs off your garden, split the watering times into 2 or more sessions.
If you’re getting sufficient water from rain showers, be sure to turn the system off.
Drip Irrigation Systems (good for individual plants and small yards)
Highly effective in delivering 1 to 4 gallons of water per hour to the soil.
They have a key advantage over sprinklers, in that there is minimal water loss due to runoff or evaporation.
Great for mulched areas since the water can soak into soil without washing the mulch away.
Hand Watering (a hose is the simplest of all irrigation systems!)
Use a nozzle to control the flow.
Over-watering is easily avoided.
Move to another location when water stops being absorbed into the ground quickly.
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