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Since lawns and gardens should be watered in the early morning hours, a
problem may not be discovered until it is too late. Periodically check your
sprinklers to make sure everything is working properly. A clogged head or
a broken pipe can wreak havoc on your landscape, lawn and your water bill.
Adjust your irrigation system as the seasons and weather change. You can a
lso install a shut-off device that automatically detects rain or moisture. These
devices are inexpensive and let you take advantage of nature’s free watering
Water between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. -- when the sun is low, winds are calm
and temperatures are cool. Mid-day watering tends to be less efficient because of
water loss due to evaporation and windy conditions during the day. Watering in the
evening isn't a good idea either because leaves can remain wet overnight, an
open invitation for fungus to grow. By watering in the morning, leaves have a
chance to dry out during the day. It’s easy to install and even easier to operate,
and can save you hours of work just in the first few months after installation.
Either way, an automatic irrigation system can help you keep your lawn and
landscape looking beautiful for years to come.