Today, commercial property managers aim to have sustainable landscapes that enhance the look of their property without overusing precious resources, such as water.. Time and budget constraints can often limit plans to completely overhaul your landscape irrigation system. However, you might be able to make some of the needed improvements in incremental steps.
Implementing just a few of these suggestions each year can make a significant impact on your irrigation system, watering costs and your landscape’s appearance. Our staff at Terracare recommends the following solutions and best practices:
Step 1 – Simple and low cost solutions
- Use mowers with mulching blades on turf areas– do not bag grass clippings or leaves.
- Implement an integrated pest management program
- Mulch beds with 2-3 inches of organic material to prevent weeds and hold moisture near the root zone of the plants.
- Use water-wise perennial and native plants
- Perform turf aeration – pull plugs out of the soil throughout the turf to get more oxygen and water to the root system.
- Install rain and freeze sensors on your irrigation system to avoid unwanted or unsafe watering.
- Perform regular irrigation system check-ups, looking broken sprinkler heads, clogged lines and other problem areas.
Step 2 –Moderate cost solutions
- Sub-metering your irrigation system will allow you to better track water usage and remove water waste costs from your irrigation bill.
- Shred and reuse all organic materials and landscape trimmings as mulch or compost.
- Conduct an irrigation audit to determine your water usage.
- Replace rotor spray nozzles with stream spray nozzles to reduce water runoff.
Step 3 – High impact solutions
Some solutions cost more, however, the long-term gains in efficiencies, water conservation and significant reductions in water costs is well worth the investment.
- Install a drip irrigation system throughout the property
- Consider an irrigation supply system that uses captured rainwater, gray water or onsite treated waste water.
- Install an ET controller, equipped with weather station monitoring – this better controls when and how much the irrigation system operates.
These are just a few suggestions that you can implement to improve your irrigation system.
For more information about ways you can make improvements on your landscape irrigation system, contact Terracare Associates by visiting our website.
Terracare Associates’ irrigation experts are state-licensed technicians, trained to provide watering programs based on the varying needs of plants and planting environments. We design irrigation programs that are tailored to the client’s water use budget, while protecting their landscape investments.