Adjust Your Irrigation Schedule This Winter

Since the temperatures are cool, the hours of daylight are reduced, and the likelihood of rain increases, it’s important to adjust your irrigation timer for the weather.  You’ll be surprised how long your lawn and landscape can go with limited water.

In the winter and without rain, you should be watering your lawn, at the very most, only 1 to 2 days a week, for 2 cycles at 3 minutes per cycle.  Shrubs should be watered 1 day a week for 2 cycles at 3 to 4 minutes per cycle.  Watering in the rain, or immediately after is not only wasteful it costs you money when free water is falling from the sky!  Take a few days off following a storm.

Set your sprinklers to come on before dawn to give water time to soak in before it evaporates in the heat of the sun.  Also, fewer hours of sunlight reduces the water need of plants more than temperature.

If you would like to know exactly how much your plants need to be watered, click here to access the Watering Calculator.  Follow the link to setup your watering schedule.

For additional information, please contact our Conservation Department at (949) 448-4025, or visit the Conservation tab for additional conservation tips.



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