Get a head start on taking care of your lawn by turning your yard sprinklers and setting their timers! This is how to optimize your yard sprinklers.
This is an Energy Efficiency Task!
If you use your sprinkler system during the summer months, it’s important to put them on a timer system. It’s easy to run up a pretty hefty utility bill if you don’t have a timed sprinkler system.
Tasks can be done by: Homeowner, Handyman, Sprinkler Company
How To Optimize Your Yard Sprinklers | Task Steps
Step 1 – Locate the Sprinkler Valve
- Finding the yard sprinkler valve can vary greatly depending on your yard’s size or what type of sprinkler system you have.
- Most of the time, your owner’s manual will educate you on where your valves are located, so it would be a good idea to check that out if you’re confused about where they reside.
- If your valves are above ground, they will be located near a water source or close to the vacuum breaker.
- If you’re having problems locating the valve system, it might be underground in a valve box. Depending on your yard’s size, there can be multiple valve boxes at each irrigation zone’s start. Valve boxes should be visible and easy to locate, so it’s a good idea to talk a walk around your property to find where the box(s) reside.
Step 2 – Switch on the Water to Yard Sprinklers and Set Timers
- Most sprinkler systems have an associated timer system. If not, it is a good idea to get a timer system. It’ll help save money on your summer water usage, and you can ensure you are watering during the most effective time of the day.
- Look at your owner’s manual for your specific sprinkler system. If there are certain actions, it recommends for your particular type of system, follow those directions.
- Be sure to set the specific times correctly. Watch at appropriate times to ensure sprinklers turn on/off correctly. Inspect sprinkler heads to ensure proper operation and coverage.
- In the fall, valve cutoffs need to be shut down, and the irrigation system drained or blown out with a compressed air canister. This will prevent pipes from freezing during the winter.
- Tool List: Spray bottles, bristle brush
- Supply List & Costs: Distilled white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, mild soap, bleach
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