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Interval Watering: The Future is Now

June 5, 2013

Did you know the average American home uses 3,000 gallons of water per lawn watering?  Irrigation is far and away the highest single activity in the consumption of water.  We’ve heard reports of local homes using 300,000 (yeah, you read that right) gallon of water in a month.  That means they’re watering using an average of 10,000 gallons a day, every single day!  So we’re highlighting a few tips and tools to prevent wasted water.  Today we’ll briefly discuss timers.

Maximize Your Timer’s Performance

Most modern timers allow for interval watering.  Interval Watering is simply the process of watering your lawn in stages.  Grass requires a certain amount of water, rather than a certain time.  Because soil can only absorb so much water before it becomes over-saturated, interval watering lets the water soak into the soil.  Dense soils like clay or clay loam can only absorb a quarter-inch of water per hour.  So anything past that will result in runoff or pooling.  By watering two times, but only at twenty minutes each time with 30-60 minutes between the two, water penetrates the soil much more effectively and reduces the amount of water used.  This is especially helpful if you live in an area where water prices are high or restricted to only certain days per week.  Check the instructions to see if your timer is able to perform interval watering (often called “schedules” or “programs”) and try it out.  We think you’ll like the results.

5 comments

  1. i have this exact timer. & recently our lights went out & reset everything, since then i have not been able to reprogram this & am quite confused on the A&B programming thing i am in need of help!

    Comment by ulda gonzalez on October 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

  2. The problems you’re having could be due to a number of things. Give us a call and we’ll help figure out what’s causing the issue and how to fix it. 800-488-6156.

    Comment by Justin S. on November 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

  3. There are a number of issues this could be. We should be able to find a fix for you. Give us a call at 800-488-6156.

    Comment by Justin Siebenhaar on December 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

  4. Just bought my wife an underground sprinkler system for her birthday. She loves it! The only problem is the clock looses time rather quickly…a couple of minutes a day. How can I adjust the clock??
    Thanks,
    Terry

    Comment by Terry L. Clemens on June 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

  5. We’ve heard of clocks losing a minute or two over a matter of months, but nothing as much as a couple minutes per day. There could be a malfunction that needs repair. The clock is still probably under warranty and eligible for replacement. Contact our technical support here and they’ll be able to help.

    Comment by Justin S. on June 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

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