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Sprinkler System Do's & Don'ts

Learn important sprinkler system do's and don'ts from landscape architect Patrick Weisel in this Howcast video.


A lot of people think because they have a sprinkler system, that they don't have to worry about water any more. That's actually not a very good idea, because the weather changes and so will the amount of water that your lawn needs.

So, what you're going to have to do from spring through fall, is if you don't have a professional, you're going to have to adjust your sprinkler system according to the amount of rain that the turf needs. As a rule of thumb, your turf needs an inch of water per week, and a good way to think about your sprinkler system is helping mother nature, not replacing it.

There will be some rainfall, but if the rain is less than one inch, then your sprinkler system needs to take up the slack. But be careful, you don't want to over-water the turf, because that's equally bad as under- watering. So, make sure that you adjust your sprinkler system throughout the year, so that you don't over-water, and merely helping Mother Nature not replacing her.

And those are some tips to remember about managing your sprinkler system.

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