There’s something satisfying about watching a precise sprinkler system at work — those graceful streams of water, each going exactly where your landscape needs them.
But some experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of water used for irrigation is wasted due to evaporation, wind or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation.
You don’t want to be that guy (or gal).
Smart, Efficient Irrigation Systems: 6 Pro Tips to Water Wisely
July is Smart Irrigation month — the perfect time to brush up on more efficient ways to water your lawn and lower your water bill. Celebrate Smart Irrigation Month with these tips:
Choose The Right Plants
Some plants are thirstier than others. Choose the right plants for the right spots and you’ll save water. Hydrangeas, for instance, with their big, fluffy blooms, love water and afternoon shade. You wouldn’t choose those for a dry, sunny spot with water-hogging soil.
Succulents, on the other hand, are the latest darlings of the water-conserving garden. Drought-tolerant, succulents have thick leaves where they store moisture. They come in stunning shapes, colors and textures.
Think native. Plan your landscape using native plants, original to your area of the country, and they’ll naturally need less water. Don’t know your succulents from your sycamores? No worries. The pros at Neave Landscaping are experts at matching plants to their best possible sites in your landscape.
Group Similar Plants Together
You wouldn’t plant an arid-loving cactus with a water-loving fern. Group plants with similar water needs near one another, on the same watering zone, for maximum irrigation efficiency.
And each watering zone should have the same kind of sprinkler heads. Mixing rotary heads with spray heads with drip irrigation is inefficient, wasting water.
Scratching your head?
Again, the experts at Neave Landscaping know exactly how to group plants so they look stunning in your landscape and have compatible water needs, too. And the pros at Neave Irrigation have a lock on matching sprinkler heads. It’s what we do.
Apply Mulch, Liberally
We can’t say enough good things about mulch. Decorative mulch not only makes your beds look neat and tidy, it’s a pro at holding in moisture.
It prevents evaporation from the soil’s surface, shields your plants’ roots from the summer sun and keeps water-stealing weeds from arriving on the scene.
And over time, mulches made from organic materials break down and increase your soil’s fertility. So mulch is a win-win-win-win, well, lots of wins.
At Neave Landscaping, we’re partial to shredded bark, but our experts will help you figure out the best mulch for your landscape.
Use The Smartest Irrigation System On The Market
Who doesn’t want to be the smartest kid on the block? The pros at Neave Irrigation know that means an irrigation system from Rachio. Neave is an authorized Rachio installer and service provider for both residential and commercial properties.
Rachio’s smart controller means no more watering worries. It connects to your Wi-Fi and begins managing all your yard’s zones, determining when, where and how to water.
Download the iOS or Android app and you’re ready to control your sprinkler system from anywhere, anytime. No more running to the garage, basement or side yard to control your sprinklers.
Rachio taps into a network of thousands of local weather stations and automatically adjusts your watering schedule based on the latest local forecast. No more wasted watering before, during or after it rains. Rachio controllers save most users more than 30% on outdoor water usage when compared to standard controllers.
One more thing: Rachio’s irrigation systems are WaterSense Certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That means they’ve been independently certified to help save water, energy and money.
Keep Your Irrigation System Tuned Up
Malfunctioning sprinkler systems can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water in a single season. And you probably don’t even know it’s happening. Even the best sprinkler systems need regular maintenance for the most efficient irrigation.
A properly adjusted sprinkler head should spray large droplets of water, not a fine mist, to minimize evaporation and wind drift.
Each sprinkler’s spray should reach the next sprinkler head — we call that head-to-head coverage in the business.
Dry spots in your landscape from uneven water distribution will turn brown and die. Too much overspray onto your driveway, patio or paths just wastes water.
Tall grass or plants around sprinkler heads can block the spray. Lawn mowers and foot traffic can damage parts. Dirt, small rocks or other debris can clog sprinkler heads.
At Neave Irrigation, we take care of all that. Your efficient irrigation system will water only where you need it.
Work With A Professional
Why spend your summer worrying if your plants are properly grouped or if your sprinkler heads are misaligned? That’s what experts are for.
Neave Irrigation has more than 40 years of experience in the irrigation industry, and we have certified and licensed professionals on staff. We have access to the most advanced irrigation technology on the market.
We can boost the efficiency of your current irrigation system or equip your landscape with a brand new one.
Chances are, innovative new products have arrived on the market since you had your irrigation system installed that can make your system even more efficient. The experts at Neave Irrigation can upgrade your system with advanced nozzles, heads and smart clocks that weren’t available before.
We’ll happily offer you an irrigation audit, to make sure your system is watering at top efficiency. It’s a great way to celebrate Smart Irrigation Month. Just give us a call.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.