6 Ways to Water You Lawn Efficiently in Utah
1. Water Early in the morning
On a hot sunny day, some water evaporates before it even hits the ground. There is a significant amount of water that is being wasted. One efficient way of ensuring that your lawn gets the most water possibly is by watering it between the hours of 4am and 9am, before the sun comes out and before it gets too hot.
2. Aim your sprinklers properly
We have all seen those sprinklers that water the streets or sidewalks. It seems more often than not that sprinklers are watering everything else but the lawn. Making a better effort to aim your sprinklers properly on your lawn can save you a lot of money and resources. It is ideal to not water our streets and sidewalks at all.
3. Avoid creating runoff
No matter how good we aim our sprinklers, sometimes there is still a possibility for runoff. This is when water from your lawn begins to runoff into the streets or sidewalks. This can waste a lot of water that is no benefit for your lawn. Watering your lawn too much often creates runoff. If your lawn is healthy and green and you have runoff, turn off your water and try to water it a little less. If you see that there is runoff and your lawn is not necessarily green and healthy, either it is being overwatered or your soil may absorb water slower than others. Try turning off the water for 15-20 minutes to let the water soak in and then turning it back on.
4. Water problem areas by hand
If you have problem areas in your lawn, instead of running your sprinklers longer and wasting water on your healthy, try watering just the problem areas by hand. That way you are only using water where it is needed. And you run less risk of overwatering your rest of your lawn.
5. Adjust your Sprinkler System to the Season
Take advantage of nature’s free watering service and let the rain do the work for you. With Utah landscaping, during the spring months is the only time to take advantage of the rain. During these months, adjust the settings for you sprinkler system to water less so you can save more water.
6. Do periodic inspections
Nothing can take more of a toll on your landscape and water bill like a broken sprinkler head or torn line. Check periodically for runoff, inefficient watering, and to make sure everything is working properly. You will be glad you did.