SMART TIPS FOR OUTDOOR WATER USE
The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program estimates that outdoor watering accounts for nearly one-third of all residential water use—nearly 9 billion gallons per day. By combining a few common sense watering practices with today’s more efficient sprinkler systems, you can keep your landscape looking great using less water. Here are some tips from Rain Bird, to help you use less water this summer without sacrificing the health and beauty of your yard.
1. Install a smart, weather-based sprinkler timer. Smart timers or controllers, automatically adjust your sprinkler system’s watering schedule based on the season and current weather conditions, to optimally water your plants year round and require no extra programming changes. Rain Bird’s SST Smart Series timer, uses historical weather database and a smart weather sensor you install in your yard to help you use up to 20% less water.
2. Retrofit your sprinklers with high-efficiency spray nozzles. High-efficiency nozzles like Rain Bird’s Dual Spray provide excellent “close-in” watering eliminating dry spots around spray heads. Rotary Nozzles with slow, rotating streams of water are ideal for landscapes with slopes or clay soil, giving it a better chance to soak in. For irregular shaped landscapes or tight corners, a high-efficiency variable arc nozzle like Rain Bird’s HE-VAN provides uniform water coverage. Also, make sure your sprinkler heads are adjusted properly to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways. Properly adjusted sprinkler heads should spray large droplets of water instead of a fine mist to help minimize evaporation and wind drift.
3. Watch the clock. Water between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when the sun is low. Midday watering tends to be less efficient because of water loss due to evaporation and windy conditions. Watering in the evening isn’t a good idea either because leaves can remain wet overnight—an open invitation for fungus to grow.
4. Don’t water when it’s raining. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Still, we’ve all seen sprinkler systems running during rainstorms. Rain Bird’s RSD Series rain sensors are an inexpensive and easy-to-install upgrade to allow your system to shut itself off in rainy conditions.
5. Be a drip! Consider installing drip irrigation to water your garden, plants, shrubs and patio pots. Drip irrigation delivers water directly to plant roots where it’s most needed, decreasing the amount of water lost to evaporation and wind. Water going directly to plant roots, reduces fungus and weed growth. Rain Bird offers a number of “Drip Starter Kits” whether you’re looking to install an efficient new drip system or retrofit an existing spray zone to drip.
By getting “water-smart” and integrating today’s efficient irrigation technology, you can reduce your outdoor water use this summer while still enjoying your outdoor oasis. Visit rainbird.com to learn more about the latest water-efficient products, discover additional water-saving tips and locate water-efficient product rebates available in your area.