Jul 30, 2018

Lawn Sprinkler Maintenance Tips For Summer

lawn sprinkler maintenance tips

Your front lawn is the first bit of curb appeal passersby see. Your back yard lawn is your private oasis. Make sure you’re keeping up with your summer yard maintenance, but also paying attention to detail.  We take advantage of our trusty sprinkler systems, and expect them to function properly without a second thought.  Simple lawn sprinkler maintenance tips can keep your lawn healthy and happy, plus ensure that they last longer without having to be replaced. 

 

  • Cleaning:  Grass clipping, mud, dirt and debris will obstruct the sprinkler heads from doing their job and properly distributing water. Not only will dirt block water from coming out, it can also prevent the head from rotating.  Be sure to clean around and inside the sprinkler heads. Just remove them and flush them out with water, making sure they are clear and free of build-up and dirt. After cleaning, test them before setting your timers for your normal watering routine.
  • Pressure: When it comes to water pressure, you may have one of two issues:  either too much pressure, or not enough. Both of these won’t do your lawn any favors. Getting too much pressure will not only over-water your lawn, but it could damage the sprinkler head. Too little pressure will leave your lawn begging for hydration. These issues could be simply because of the water pressure in your town or city, but it could also be a problem with your sprinkler head. First, make sure they are clean and debris-free.  Rotor heads work best at 30-50 PSI, while spray heads need 25-30 PSI. The pressure-reducing valves can be adjusted to change the pressure. Just check the manual from the manufacturer for instructions.
  • Pipes: Pressure issues might also be the result of leaks or breaks in your pipes. Seal up any small leaks that need minor repairing. Bigger breaks in pipes need to be completely replaced, and you’ll need to consult a professional right away.  Waiting can cause serious damage to your sprinkler system, lawn and other areas of your home’s foundation.
  • Power:  Each season, test your sprinkler’s timer system. It could be as easy as changing the power outlet, but if it’s still not working, it’s something more serious. Electrical issues could occur, and you’ll want to refer to the manual for suggestions on troubleshooting from the manufacturer.
  • Patterns: Check your spray patterns.  Are they hitting the lawn in the desired areas, or is the water shooting onto the side of the house, deck or patio?  These are simple to adjust and an easy way to ensure your lawn is getting the water coverage it needs.  You will also want to move any lawn furniture, toys, planters or other items that might be obstructing the spray.
  • Sensors:  When it rains, your sprinklers aren’t needed.  In fact, if you don’t turn off the sprinklers, your lawn could be flooded with more water than it needs.  That can seriously damage your lawn. Rain sensors are designed to shut off sprinkler systems when it’s raining a specific amount. Once the moisture level is decreased naturally, the sensor allows your system to water the lawn again. These can be found at home and garden centers.

 

Let your lawn thrive this summer!  Allowing the sprinkler system to do its job, especially during drought season here in Texas, can mean the difference between a lush, green yard or a dull, lifeless one.  These simple tasks can be done each season to ensure your lawn sprinkler maintenance doesn’t take too much time, and is successful every year.