As of June 1st the Water District will transition to Stage Two water restrictions which allows twice per week watering. While the average size lawns and landscapes will do pretty well on weekly watering, larger ones would have suffered from not enough minutes in that one day. Add into the mix that once per week watering can be tough (for some controllers impossible) to program and this makes the news great for our area.
So how do you program for twice per week? During the summer months, if you have spray heads and the lawn is in full sun, you’ll want to water 60 minutes per week which means 30 minutes on each of your days. You’ll need to create start times for 2am, 3am and 4am with run times of 10 minutes each.
Some exceptions to that schedule: Rotory heads that spray in streams of water and slowly turn cover twice as much area so you’ll want to water roughly twice as long. If you have St. Augustine you’ll want to water a few minutes more since its broader leaf looses more moisture. In the shade you’ll usually water a little more than half of that schedule.
If you’re not sure how to set your controller you’re welcome to call our office and we can probably explain over the phone, if not the good news is we’re offering $25 off of our first hour of sprinkler repair so now is a good time to have your sprinklers checked.