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General Maintenance Tips

The following section gives you general maintenace tips regarding sprinkler systems and general lawn maintenance.
 
Sprinkler Maintenance
 

It is important to do a regular maintenance check on your sprinklers. If sprinklers are not kept in good working condition, they can waste water as well as have detrimental effects on your landscape. Turn on your sprinklers during daylight hours to inspect the system for broken, clogged or misaligned heads. Print out the Sprinkler Maintenance Checklist for some tips of what to look for.

A common problem with sprinkler systems is pressure. Without correct pressure, your sprinklers will not be able to perform as designed. You may notice large brown areas of lawn where the sprinkler is not reaching, or shooting over. High pressures can also damage nozzles and heads – sometimes even causing them to break off. Spray heads should be operating at about 25 to 30 PSI, and rotor heads should be about 30 to 50 PSI. You may need a landscape or sprinkler professional to check the pressure at your sprinkler heads. If your pressure is too high, pressure-reducing valves and heads may be installed, or you may be able to retrofit your existing heads with new nozzles instead of replacing them. Also, consult your manufacturer’s instructions and specs to ensure proper pressure.
 
General Lawn Maintenance
 
Did you know that most lawn problems are a direct result of over watering? Maintaining your lawn properly will help you save time, money and water!

Mowing

Is your lawn shorter than your carpet? Mowing your lawn at such a short length hurts the grass, wastes water and encourages more green waste.

By raising your lawn mower height another ˝ to 1 inch, you are promoting the conservation of water in grass. Grass will shade itself as it grows longer, reducing its overall water need. This, in turn, reduces the growth rate of the grass- meaning less frequent mowing! Experts recommend cutting grass to a total length of 3 inches, and removing no more than one-third of the leaf blade per mowing.

Stressing

Ever heard the expression "What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger"? In order to make your grass heartier, try stressing it out! By going an extra day without water here and there, you are promoting deeper root growth. The deeper the roots are allowed to penetrate the soil, the better overall health of your lawn. Roots will only grow as far as they need to in order to get water. If you are always giving them water up near the surface of the lawn, the plants have no incentive to grow deeper. You can easily check your rooting depth by using a soil probe or screwdriver.

Try waiting as long as possible in the spring to water your grass. The longer you wait, the healthier your lawn will be in the summer months. And don’t worry it’s virtually impossible to kill your lawn. The lawn may turn brown in areas, but it is just the plant going DORMANT, not dying. Adding water will make that spot spring back to life!

Fertilization

Fertilizing your lawn encourages healthy plant growth. In this case, however, MORE IS NOT BETTER! Fertilize sparingly, as you can actually over stimulate plant growth, making the lawn more susceptible to dry conditions and disease. Additionally, the more fertilizer applied to a lawn increases the likelihood of harmful chemicals running off into streams or seeping into groundwater. The combination of over-watering and over-fertilizing can be dangerous to both plants and humans!

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Perform an annual maintenance check on your evaporative (swamp) cooler. Check for and fix any leaks you find.

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