When spring and its accompanying showers arrive, so does the growth to your lawn and landscaping vegetation. But after several weeks the rains usually taper off and the temperatures increase, requiring you to turn on your yard's sprinkler system. But each year you need to handle your sprinklers to make sure they work to water your yard as needed. Here are some recommended maintenance and management tasks to keep your landscaping in great condition with proper sprinkler application.
Check Sprinkler Spray
One of the first things to do when you turn on your sprinklers for the first time in the spring is to check their spray pattern and make sure they are reaching all intended lawn and vegetation areas. And after you complete the initial sprinkler spray inspection, you need to continue it on a regular basis through the summer. Sprinklers can become broken, misaligned, and bent during the season, and you need to keep an eye on them to avoid having your lawn or vegetation die.
Because you likely run your sprinklers early in the morning, you may not see them in action. So, take some time every few weeks to turn on each sprinkler zone to make sure they are spraying right.
Look for any broken heads, replace them with a new sprinkler, and adjust the spray on any heads that have been bumped out of spray alignment. If you notice an area of your lawn that is not receiving water, immediately check your sprinklers in that area and correct any problems. You can hire a sprinkler repair service to complete the repairs or adjustments for you as well.
Maintain Lawn and Vegetation
Along with making adjustments and repairs to your system, also be sure to keep your lawn trimmed to a height that allows for the sprinklers to spray properly. When your lawn is left not mowed for several weeks, it will grow over the sprinklers and their spray will not reach all areas of your lawn and you will be left with dead spots.
The same rule applies for any vegetation in your landscaping areas. Keep vegetation, such as bushes and ornamental grasses, trimmed back if they are located next to a sprinkler.
Set Appropriate Spray Schedule
Lastly, you need to keep your sprinklers running on the right watering schedule for your climate. Your lawn will need more water during times of extreme heat in late summer, so adjust the watering time to allow for more moisture.
Also, keep your watering schedule for fewer watering days but longer watering durations. Watering for a longer period of time will allow water to soak deeper into the soil. This promotes your lawn's roots to grow more deeply and, therefore, your lawn to be healthier and more drought-resistant.