Sprinkler System Dos and Don’ts for a Greener Lawn

A sprinkler system is an incredible tool that enables you to keep a lush, healthy lawn without having to water it manually.

However, like all mechanical systems, it requires enormous care and attention to last long while functioning optimally. In this article, we will provide you with a list of some of the dos and don’ts of your sprinkler system to ensure you get the best use out of it.

Let’s start!


Water your lawn in the morning

The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. This is because there is less wind and sun to dry the water within this period. As a result, the water will penetrate the soil properly.

Install a rain shutoff device or humidity sensor

A rain shutoff device turns off your sprinkler system when it detects a lot of moisture on your lawn. It enables you to conserve water when rain falls and also ensures your lawn is waterlogged.

Know the volume of water your sprinkler system distributes

Sprinkler systems deliver different volumes of water. So, it is important to know the volume your sprinkler system delivers to avoid overwatering your lawn. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Place empty cans in the delivery path of each sprinkler head
  • Run the sprinkler system for a period – say 30 minutes
  • Transfer the water in each can into one container and measure the water depth with a ruler
  • Divide the measured depth by the number of cans to find the average volume of water each sprinkler head delivers within that period

By the way, the recommended volume of water for a lawn is between 1.0 and 1.5 inches per week.

Inspect the sprinkler system regularly

The sprinkler system requires regular inspection to ensure that it is in good working order. So, we recommend you regularly inspect your sprinkler. And if you detect a problem with the sprinkler head or system, you should endeavor to resolve it immediately as leaving it to fester will cause extensive damage.

Use timers

Timers make watering much easier and more efficient. They also save you the time and energy it would take to switch the sprinkler on and off.


Do not water late in the day

Avoid watering your lawns at night as it facilitates the growth of fungus.

Avoid overwatering your lawn

Overwatering your lawn means wasting water. The recommended volume of water your lawn requires is 1.0 to 1.5 inches per week. So, avoid using more than this.

Don’t water concrete areas

Limit the range of your sprinkler system to your lawn and landscaped areas alone. Avoid watering concrete areas like your driveway or sidewalks.

Don’t use your sprinkler system when it rains

If you don’t have a rain shutoff device installed, turn off your sprinkler system whenever there is a rain forecast.

If you take these tips to heart, then you are halfway towards growing a green, lush, healthy lawn that will be the envy of your neighbors.

Man Adjusting Sprinkler System in the Garden

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