Nate’s Corner: How to Water Your Lawn Like a Pro
Q: How long and often should I water for?
Water 1-3 times per day for 5 minutes.
Spring and Fall Schedule (Total Time per day)
Spray heads 5-10 minutes 3-4 times per week.
Multiple Stream Rotor heads 20-30 minutes 3-4 times per week.
Single Stream large Rotor heads (most homes do not have these) 10-15 minutes 3-4 times per week.
Summer Schedule (Total Time per day)
Spray heads 10 minutes 5-6 days per week
Multiple Stream Rotor heads 20-30 minutes 5-6 days per week
Single Stream large Rotor heads (most homes do not have these) 45-60 minutes 5-6 days per week
Q: How do I set my clock properly?
A common but challenging problem is setting your clock properly. Make sure to read the clock manual carefully! Clocks today are all digital, which means it can be tricky to understand your schedule.
Every clock has the ability to have multiple starts. They are usually referred to as A, B, C, and D programs. This means you actually have 4 clocks in one little box. If you’re not careful, you can accidentally set your clock to turn on 4 to 16 times per day—when all you really wanted was once. The result is overwatering and flooding.
Using the water frequency feature on your clock is a great tool for applying the correct amount of water. Once you get your programs and stations set properly, all you need to do is to increase the frequency when things are getting dry, or decrease the frequency when the landscape seems too wet.
This one adjustment will adjust every program in that specific station to run only on the days selected. With this feature, you can adjust all stations on your clock in less than 10 second. Don’t hesitate to turn your clock to the off position on rainy days.