The cost to maintain a lush, green lawn during hot and dry months can really add up, especially if you have an irrigation or sprinkler system. For an average-sized yard, it can cost anywhere from $50 to $156 a month to supply your lawn with enough water to thrive. If you live in a particularly dry area or if you don't have a separate water meter for your sprinkler system, it can cost even more.
If you're worried that the cost to operate your sprinkler system is getting out of hand, there are a few things you can do to lower your water bill. Here are three innovative ways you can lower the costs associated with your sprinkler system.
Use More Water
Many people think that it's best to water their lawn for several minutes per day, but their instincts are a bit off. It's actually better to water your lawn less frequently but for longer periods of time. When you only water your lawn for a few minutes, the water doesn't get absorbed as effectively into the ground. You lose most of it to evaporation. However, if you water your lawn for an hour a couple of times each week, you will get better results and use less water.
Upgrade Sprinkler Heads
Like other appliances and gadgets, sprinkler heads don't last forever. What's more, new technology always seeks to make sprinklers more efficient and less expensive to run. Faulty sprinkler heads can cause a lot of problems. So if you haven't changed your sprinkler heads in several years, you're probably paying more for water than you should.
There are numerous types of sprinkler heads, including rotor, spray, bubble and drip. The best choice for your lawn will depend primarily on the size of your yard and your watering needs. Since there are so many variables, it's best to have your sprinkler needs evaluated by a professional.
Create Drip Zones
Drip irrigation systems are ideal for flower beds and heavily planted areas because they deliver water directly to the roots of your plants. There is also less evaporation associated with drip systems than with traditional sprinkler systems. If you install zoned drip lines in areas where your lawn needs more water, you can water these areas more frequently without running your entire system.
As you can see, there are several ways you can save water and save money on your bill this summer. The key is to water your lawn intelligently. Fortunately, new sprinkler technology can help you do just that.
For more information on irrigation systems, contact a company like Raintree Irrigation & Outdoor Systems.