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Irrigation Scheduling

How much and when should you water?

 

Irrigation scheduling begins with determining plant needs, soil type, and sun exposure.  Keeping high water users grouped together will help make zoning more efficient.  Keep these elements in mind when creating an irrigation schedule.

  • Turf grasses, annual flowers, and vegetables are high water using plants.
  • Shrubs, native plants, drought resistant plants, and ground covers typically use less water.
  • Plants in full sun require more water
  • Potted plants dry out quicker and need more frequent watering.
  • Plants in sandy soil require shorter more frequent irrigation than clay soils.
  • Add a soil moisture or rain sensor to shut off your irrigation system.
  • If you have a clay soil or a sloping area consider multiple short cycles to allow the water to soak into the soil to reduce runoff.