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Prepare your sprinkler system for the heat wave

June 16, 2023by Peter Hudson

Check your sprinkler system now and look for any problems due to the coming heat. Houston forecast may break some records by this weekend. Here are some tips that can help save you money. Remember, most yards look fantastic with recent rain, but that will now change. We are available if you have some questions or need some help. During a heat wave, it’s important to properly manage your sprinkler system to keep your lawn and plants adequately watered.

Here are some tips to help you run your sprinkler system effectively during a heat wave:

Check your system

Inspect your sprinkler system for any leaks, broken sprinkler heads, clogged nozzles or areas that are not coming on. Repair or replace any faulty components as soon as possible. Click here to book an appointment to have your system professionally checked.

Adjust watering schedule

Increase the frequency and duration of watering sessions during a heat wave. Lawns typically need around 1 inch of water per week, so you may need to water more frequently to prevent drying out.

Water early in the morning

Watering your lawn and plants early in the morning, between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m., allows moisture to penetrate the soil and be absorbed by the plants before the heat of the day. This minimizes water loss due to evaporation.

Water deeply

Provide a deep watering to promote healthier root growth. Apply enough water to penetrate the top of soil, encouraging the roots to grow deeper and making them more resilient to heat stress.

Consider cycle and soak technique

If you have clay or compacted soil that doesn’t absorb water easily, use the cycle and soak technique. Divide your watering duration into shorter cycles with intervals in between to allow the water to penetrate the soil fully.

Adjust sprinkler heads

Ensure that your sprinkler heads are adjusted correctly to avoid water waste. Check that the water is being directed onto the lawn and plants and not onto the sidewalk, driveway, or other non-landscaped areas.

Use mulch

Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or straw, around your plants and flowerbeds. Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil, reduces evaporation, and keeps the roots cooler during hot weather.

Monitor moisture levels

Keep an eye on the moisture levels of your lawn and plants.  Adjust your watering schedule as needed, taking into account any rainfall.

Follow local water restrictions

Be mindful of any water restrictions or guidelines imposed by your local authorities during a heat wave. Ensure that you comply with any regulations while still maintaining the health of your landscape. No water restrictions in Houston presently.

Consider a smart sprinkler system

If possible, invest in a smart sprinkler system that can automatically adjust watering schedules based on weather conditions and specific plant needs. Learn more about the benefits of a smart controller. This can help optimize water usage and ensure efficient watering during a heat wave. If you have a smart controller, it is good to double check settings for optimal results.

Remember that while it’s important to water your landscape adequately during a heat wave, it’s also good to conserve water. Southwest Irrigation Systems provides some good advice and water saving tips here.

Peter’s simple settings

These can help but all zones are different due to coverage and type of spray nozzle, shade or direct sun, location you are watering, and each plants water requirements. Front yard will require more time than backyard.  Remember Houston temperatures are 6-8 degrees higher than they have been. Read more about summer sprinkler settings here!

  • Rotor Heads 30-40 minutes
  • Spray Heads 10-20 minutes
  • Drip Irrigation require more than 30 minutes, each emitter only puts out about 1 gallon an hour. Emitters are normally spaced every 12″.
  • Grass 3-4 days a week deep watering.
  • Beds 4 + days which would depend on your plants.

Please feel free to book now or call/ text our office at 281-494-3700 to book an appointment. Our technicians are ready to serve you and get your yard and sprinkler system prepared for the coming heat.

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