At Affordable Irrigation Tulsa, we’ve been supplying quality sprinkler and irrigation systems to people of the greater Tulsa area for years. That, of course, means that we’ve gone through the gamut of learning everything there is to know about sprinkler system repair and maintenance.

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of habits that cause people to get less out of their sprinkler system than is ideal. This inefficiency can lead to higher costs or increased likelihood of breakdown. Want to know how to get the most out of your sprinkler systems? Follow the following helpful tips!

Water Your Zones at Different Times

Most yards or gardening areas have different “zones” that have their own set of sprinklers or irrigation systems. One good way to get the most out of your irrigation system is to water your zones at the times that are best for them, instead of all together at the same time. There are many factors to consider, such as the sun and shade, shape of the terrain, and the specific plants that are being watered. You’ll get better growth if you keep these things in mind and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Run Your System at Dusk

Another way to get better use of your irrigation system is to avoid running it in the middle of the day. There are a couple of reasons for this. On a hot sunny day, the sun tends to be directly overhead in the middle of the day and it can beat down hard on your plants. The increase in heat and sunlight causes evaporation to happen more quickly, which ultimately reduces the amount of water that your plants absorb.

On a cloudy or overcast day, you might have the opposite problem where the water sticks around for too long — excess water can drown roots and also be host to various plant diseases, neither of which are good options!

Don’t Water the Lawn Every Day

Another common mistake is running your irrigation system every single day. In the majority of cases, this isn’t completely necessary, and it can save you a lot on water bills. As an added bonus, less frequent watering can actually cause your plants’ roots to take deeper hold. An excess of water sometimes causes roots to grow shallow, which leaves them vulnerable and fragile.

Call Your Local Irrigation Professionals

Finally, one of the best things you can do is have a visit from your local irrigation professionals to diagnose the state of your water system. There might be other things that are going wrong with your system that you haven’t even noticed or telltale signs that certain components are going to need repair or replacement soon. Even if everything is running perfectly, it’s highly possible that irrigation experts could find a watering solution that’s much more efficient and beneficial for your yard.

Many people set up their irrigation system when they move into their home, and then they never touch it again. Did you know that, in most cases, there are better solutions available than what you moved in with? Why wait to find out what they are? If you’re in Greater Tulsa or any of the surrounding areas, contact Affordable Irrigation today to get started!