Now that autumn is in full swing, homeowners should start thinking about adjusting their landscape watering habits to fit the lower outdoor temperatures. When the sun is not as intense and the weather is cooler, evapotranspiration rates are lower. This means that your plants do not need as much water during the fall as they do in the summer. If your system is already outfitted with an irrigation controller, there are a few simple adjustments that you can make to reduce your water use and avoid overwatering. If your irrigation system does not have a controller or if you would like a more modern device, contact the experts at Sposato Irrigation. Keep reading to learn more about how you can adjust your irrigation controller to use water wisely this fall.
Evaluate Your Water Needs
Every season has its purpose. In the spring and summer, many plants experience periods of rapid growth, leading to an increased need for water. In fall and winter, many of these plants slow or become dormant. When your plants are not growing as much, their ability to use and absorb water is cut drastically. Excess water is not only unnecessary, but it can also lead to flooding, erosion, and dead or unhealthy plants. Consider adjusting your irrigation controller to water less often or with less volume as the weather cools down. If you are unsure about how much or how often to water your lawn, consult the professionals at Sposato Irrigation.
Utilize a Rain Sensor
If your irrigation controller does not have a rain sensor, autumn is a great time to get one. Rain sensors and smart irrigation controllers are able to sense when it is raining on your property and adjust your system’s watering schedule accordingly. Some smart controllers even have the ability to use weather forecasts in their analysis. Using a rain sensor can keep your irrigation system from running when it doesn’t need to, which can lead to overwatering and water waste.
When in Doubt, Call Sposato Irrigation
Some irrigation systems can be confusing, especially for new homeowners or folks with very new or very old systems. If you are not sure about how to adjust your irrigation controller or prepare your irrigation system for fall and winter, contact Sposato Irrigation today. Our experts are experienced in irrigation system installation, repair, and maintenance, and our team can help you create and maintain a beautiful, perfectly-watered landscape.
Choose Sposato Irrigation
Sposato Irrigation is uniquely positioned to offer high-quality, affordable, and reliable irrigation services to homeowners and business owners in Sussex County, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millsboro, Dagsboro, and Ocean City, MD. Thanks to our expertise, innovation and decades of professional experience, we can meet the needs of large properties and small gardens. To learn more about our irrigation installation, LED landscape lighting, and commercial irrigation maintenance services, contact us today. We can be reached at 302-645-4773. Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.