Tips for watering your lawn and garden PART 2

Look for leaks in the spring. Also, inspect the connection of the spigot to the hose. Replace the rubber washer or nylon washer if it leaks. Then, use pipe tape and a wrench to ensure tight connections to the spigot. Contact a certified irrigation professional to check for leaks in your in-ground irrigation system.
Water early in the morning. It is best to water between 4-8 a.m. Before you go to bed, set up your irrigation system or sprinkler.

Turn on the water in the morning while you prepare for the day. A hose timer is a great option if you are too busy in the morning to water.

Use a sprayer nozzle when hand watering. If the hose is left running, it can leak 6 gallons of water per minute. The nozzle will shut off the water flow until you are ready.

Install micro-irrigation around garden beds, shrubs and trees. Micro-irrigation, such as drip tape or soaker hose, delivers low volumes of water directly at the roots of plants, minimizing water loss to wind, runoff, and evaporation. You can simply run your irrigation hose along the row of plants, and it will stay there for the entire season. When you are watering, connect your main hose. For larger areas, more complicated systems may be available.
Set a timer. You might forget you have turned on the water. You can use a kitchen timer or hose timing to help.

Do not sprinkle your driveway or sidewalk. A sprinkler that is sized and shaped to your garden’s needs will be a better choice. A sprinkler that emits large drops of water is better than a misty spray. This will ensure that more water is reached plants and less is lost due to wind and evaporation.

Think about an irrigation system. An irrigation system, including in-ground sprinklers or micro-irrigation, will water when it needs to. It will also adjust the water level according to soil moisture. An irrigation controller adapts watering schedules to local weather conditions and terrain conditions. They can be used to augment older systems.
Catch the rain. Rain barrels and cisterns are great ways to collect rainwater for irrigation. Attach a soaker line to the barrel if it is near a garden. Then turn the barrel on to let the water flow.