We had our landscaping installed about 5 years ago but want to know what we can do now to conserve on water and reduce our monthly water bills. Someone told us to replace our sprinkler system. Is this a good idea?
Not necessarily. There are numerous factors that all play a role in adding or reducing the efficiency of your irrigation system. (Please see our section on Water Conservation) Since you asked about sprinklers, it’s important to understand that it’s not just the sprinklers that help you save. It’s also the nozzles. For instance, adjustable arc nozzles allow easy fine-tuning to precise settings, from 25 to 360 degrees, helping keep water exactly where you want it and nowhere else.
Specialty nozzles are further examples of water efficiency. Pop-up micro-sprays deliver at reduced application rates for the precision of drip, but attach directly to a pop-up sprinkler. Short radius nozzles are specifically crafted for 2-, 4- and 6-foot radius throws, for more efficient coverage than drastically reducing radius range on a nozzle designed for longer throws. Certain types of bubblers are pressure compensating, allowing the output of water to remain constant regardless of input pressure.
It’s probably best to have a professional help you. A-1 Landscape and Design can provide you with recommendations to your existing system free of charge. Simply call us for an appointment.