DUE TO HIGH HEAT ON LONG ISLAND AND PROLONG DRY PERIOD WE ARE ADVISING ALL OF OUR CLIENTS TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
- Increase the run time on your rotary sprinkler zones to 60 minutes per day.
- Increase your SPRAY sprinkler zones to water for 20 minutes every day.
- Increase your DRIP IRRIGATION zones to water for 60 minutes every day.
- Increase the water budget key on your sprinklers to 120% or more.
- Water as early in the morning as possible. Experts agree the best time to water is between the hours of 12 MIDNIGHT-10am. This will give your system the greatest pressure and volume and operate at the highest efficiency. It will also finish the cycle before you are up and using water in the home.
- Try not to use water in your home at the same time you are using your sprinkler system. There is not enough water to handle the demand.
- Try not to water during the day.
- Observe local ordinances such as odd/even day watering. Check with your water company.
- Visually check your system and on a regular basis, for broken pipes, broken sprinklers, clogged nozzles, and blocked spray from overgrown lawn, plants, and trees.
- If your landscape is still thirsty then run a second cycle at the end of the day or early evening.
- I like “cycle and soak” for very efficient watering. Split the total run time in half and program your controller for 2 xs per day watering. This is great for heavy soils that do not allow for fast absorption.
- If you can’t figure out how to use your controller then I recommend you call the manufacturer tech support. They have a staff to walk you through using the controller. You may also watch our demo video on our You Tube Page or visit the you tube page of the manufacturer.
For Hunter Clocks Call 1-800-733-2823
For Rain Bird Clocks Call 1-800-724-6247
For Toro Clocks Call 1-877-345-8676
As you probably have surmised that there are many ways to water and most often there is a trial and error period to find the best programming. In very hot weather it is best to error on the side of overwatering vs. under watering. Just remember that when the weather cools to dial back the watering because too much water too frequently will damage your landscape!