Sprinkler & Drip Systems


Sprinkler/Drip Systems

Overcoming Sprinkler Anxiety

Lawn sprinkler spraying water over lush green grass.

Caption plum:Re-program for changes in temperature, wind and  
weather conditions

An automatic sprinkler and drip system can be a timesaver. Efficient design is essential when planning a new irrigation system, or upgrading and maintaining an existing one.

  • Choose low-water-using heads or replace old sprinkler parts with new water-saving technologies.
  • Plan a number of irrigation zones (water plants with "like" watering needs on the same zone).
  • Install designated zones for high-water grassy areas.
  • Layout or redirect sprinkler heads to reduce overspray onto hard surfaces such as patios and roads.
  • Install drip irrigation when possible to reduce evaporation around plants.
  • Pay attention to evidence of overwatering including light green or yellowing leaves, pooling of water, and mushroom or algae growth in planting beds or grassy areas.
  • Select a controller with multiple functions and zoning capabilities (consider new technologies such as weather- or sensor-based controllers or rain shut-off accessories).
  • Program automatic timers to complete watering before the sun and temperatures rise in the morning, and plan to reset timers to accommodate changes in temperature, wind and weather conditions.
  • Conduct routine maintenance check-ups and look for sprinkler equipment leaks.
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