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.