Irrigation Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Sprinkler head shooting water.


Nobody likes watching their money go down the drain! Is your irrigation system working efficiently? You might be throwing away money that we know you’d rather keep! When spring comes around and it’s time to turn your sprinklers on again, you want to be confident they’re operating at peak efficiency. We put together some common mistakes we want you to avoid.


Water Waste

If you don’t have a green thumb, it can be a little difficult to know exactly how you should keep up with your yard. You’d think that because you have an automatic sprinkler system you wouldn’t have to worry about the details of taking care of your yard. This is partially true. An automatic irrigation system is a fantastic way to care for your yard because you can precisely know how much time you should be watering.


Homeowners will often have one long continuous session when they turn on their sprinklers. But this could be detrimental to your utility bill! The extra water could cause runoff because it was too much water for the plants to absorb. Your money would be running away with that water!

Instead of making the mistake of watering for a long session, try splitting the time into shorter periods and take 15 minute breaks in between each session. This way, the water has a chance to be absorbed.


Adjust Your System

With every season, the weather changes will dictate how much water you’ll need to use for your landscape. Depending on the season, you can install a shut-off device to detect if there is any rain or moisture around the system. By fixing this mistake, you’ll save money by taking advantage of when it rains so you don’t have to use your own water!


Do You Know the Best Time to Water?

Do you know when is the most efficient time to water your lawn? Experts say the best time to use your irrigation system is between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Not watering between these times is a very common mistake. When you set it for this time period, the sun is lower making the temperature cooler and allowing the plants to completely absorb the water. It also allows the leaves to dry out during the day. You won’t have to worry about water loss from evaporation during the day making your watering that much more efficient! Also, it may not be the best choice to water your landscape in the evening because leaves can stay wet overnight and cause fungus to grow.


Are You Scheduled for Routine Inspections?

Another common irrigation mistake is not receiving routine inspections. At Harrison, we give our customers an incredible experience and that means doing routine sprinkler maintenance to ensure your system is running smoothly. Whether you’d like monthly or quarterly sessions, we will provide the sprinkler system repair you need. That includes any clogged heads or torn lines that could spike up your water bill and threaten your property’s beauty.


We want to make sure our clients have irrigation systems that ruin efficiently. Schedule an appointment with Harrison Irrigation to ensure your system is running properly or call at 904-289-1354 with any questions or concerns. We are more than happy to help you.