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Setting My Automatic Irrigation System [Beginner's Guide]

Posted by Brian Gerber on Jul 16, 2020 3:23:57 PM

How Long Should I Water My Lawn For?

There are many factors that contribute to how often and how much a lawn should be watered. 

While there is no definitive answer, we can offer you a basic guideline and explain other factors which might require you to water less or more than the recommended guideline.  

An automatic irrigation system can not only save you time but it can save a lot of water when it is programmed properly and maintained. 

How to Schedule Your Irrigation System

Irrigation Chart - how to set your irrigation at home


Other Things To Consider:

The recommendations above are the general rule of thumb to follow, but as with every rule, there are exceptions. 

Soil type: Sandy soils should be watered 15-20 minutes daily. Sand holds little available moisture and requires more frequent irrigation. 

Start times: If you have a well with limited water, you might want to consider a start time of 3 AM vs 5 AM when everyone is up and showering and getting ready for work. 

The Crunch Test: It might be common sense but if you hear “squish” when you walk on your lawn you might be over watering. If you hear “crunch” you might be under watering. 

The Disease Triangle: There are 3 main factors that promote lawn diseases: hot, wet, and dark conditions.


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