Many California lawns, landscapes, and gardens do not receive the proper and necessary watering and home/business owners scratch their heads wondering why they see patches of brown, or entire plots of dust. To combat the hot and dry Southern California climate burning your grass and garden, you may need to look into lawn irrigation and not waste time and resources pouring gallons of water onto your yard.
More water isn’t always better
Many people assume that they need to flood their yards with water to give grass, plants, and seeds enough to drink so they can grow full and strong, but they are mistaken. When you create pools in your yard, you’re actually washing away nutrients in the topsoil (what little there may be due to the dry weather we enjoy) and engaging in a counterintuitive and counterproductive act. Additionally, hoses aren’t always the best option for delivering water to your lawn, or garden, as it is inefficient for most use cases.
Different types of irrigation system
Spray: If you’ve ever seen a sprinkler system, you’ve seen the prime example of spray irrigation. These systems are good for smaller landscapes, but also can waste gallons of water over time. If you don’t have a timer installed, you may forget to turn it off and flood your yard.
Rotor: Rotor irrigation systems are good for larger yards and can deliver water further than spray systems. They also have enough time between hitting areas to allow water to seep into the soil and to the root layer of grass.
Hoses: As mentioned before, most homes have a hose, but it is often the least efficient method of California lawn irrigation as it wastes water and often washes away topsoil.
Drip: California drip irrigation systems are the most efficient option available and minimize water waste as the water slowly drips and seeps into the ground. They are also easy to add, move, or remove depending on your lawn’s irrigation needs.
Tips for California lawn irrigation
Water your lawn in the morning – the cooler air and lack of direct sunlight give the water a chance to get to the roots of your grass and garden without evaporating or washing away.
- Water when necessary – If your lawn/soil has a little spring to it, you don’t need to water just yet. When it feels dry, and especially when it looks starved and yellowing, be sure to water it as soon as you can.
- Avoid watering in the evening – Watering at dusk, or at night, can encourage fungus growth in your soil, rather than promoting grass and plant growth.
- Water with the seasons – The spring, winter, and fall months offer (sometimes) cooler temperatures and therefore don’t dry out lawns as quickly as the summer heat does – water accordingly.
- Measure your water output – Put an empty tin can (such as a tuna can) in your yard and run your irrigation system. Run it for 15 minutes and see how much water accumulated in the can using a ruler. From there, run the math to see how long it will take to get to 1” of water. Example: if it takes 15 minutes to get 1/2” of water in the can, you need to run your system for 30 minutes to get to 1”. This is the ideal watering amount for your lawn and garden.
Contact California lawn irrigation experts
We have the knowledge of which systems will work well within your budget and save you money on your water bill over time while you simultaneously grow that lush green lawn you’ve dreamed of. Healthy lawns add value to your property and are a pleasant site to see when you arrive home, or have guests. Contact us today to learn more about irrigation systems, which one is right for your home and budget, and the expertise we bring to every lawn irrigation installation.
Not only that, with our Water Wise program, our technicians will inspect your irrigation system every three months to ensure there are no issues that may be leading to water being wasted, helping to conserve water and save you money.