One of the most innovative ways to control your landscape irrigation scheduling is by using a smart controller. These intuitive devices, when installed by a professional, make timing a breeze. After their initial setup, you’re better able to adjust watering times based on the needs of each plant.
Furthermore, when living in a drought-prone region like Texas, a smart controller can help cut down on water waste and save you money each month. It’s a win-win!
Avoid Watering Wet Soil
One of the most common mistakes we see homeowners make, which directly correlates to irrigation scheduling, is watering already wet soil. A big part of irrigation scheduling is observation. If you notice the soil is still wet, do not water your plants. This is a good rule of thumb. If there is too much water, the plants are liable to wilt. Even so, some plants, such as perennials, will wilt in the hot afternoon sun despite being watered adequately each day.
If you use sprinklers as your primary irrigation system, you’ll probably notice a lot of water runoff in your yard. This is because today’s sprinkler systems release more water than the soil can absorb. It’s a good idea to cycle your sprinklers in a run-stop-wait-run cycle until the surrounding soil is saturated up to 6 inches deep.