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Lawn Audit: How the Pros Measure Watering Efficiency

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Do you know what licensed irrigators do? They’re responsible for the calculation and analytical evaluation of the performance of a specific zone to determine the distribution uniformity for a sprinkler system. TRANSLATION: Here’s how the pros figure out the best way for you to keep your lawn green. Without spending a lot of green.

PATTY SIPE, OF HEADS-UP SPRINKLER COMPANY, IS A NUMBERS LADY.

SHE’S A LICENSED IRRIGATOR, AND SHE TAKES HER JOB SERIOUSLY.

“homeowners don’t understand how much water is coming out of each head. This is a very clear way to help homeowners understand what the application rate is.”

THAT’S WHERE SIPE COMES. MOST PEOPLE JUST HAVE A LANDSCAPER INSTALL THEIR SPRINKLERS, WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM AN IRRIGATION PRO. AN INEFFICIENT SYSTEM WASTES A LOT OF WATER. …NOT TO MENTION DRIVES UP YOUR BILL.

“most sprinkler systems are only about 50-percent efficient”

AND YOU’LL ONLY KNOW THAT IF YOU GET AN IRRIGATION AUDIT. WHICH IS…. WELL, GET READY FOR SOME BIG WORDS.

“an irrigation audit is a calculation and analytical evaluation of the performance of a specific zone…to be able to determine what the distribution uniformity is of a sprinkler system”

I TOLD YOU SIPE’S A PRO, RIGHT?  BASICALLY, RAIN WATERS YOUR YARD EVENLY. YOU WANT A SYSTEM THAT DOES AS CLOSE TO THE SAME THING AS YOU CAN GET. AN AUDIT WILL ALSO HELP YOU KNOW WHEN TO WATER AND HOW MUCH TO WATER.

“homeowners do not know how long to run their stations. “

IN MUCH OF NORTH TEXAS, THE CLAY SOIL ONLY ABSORBS ABOUT A HALF AN INCH OF WATER AN HOUR.

“which means you can’t put down more than a quarter an inch from your sprinkler system on your grass without incurring runoff”

KNOWING THE RIGHT WAY TO WATER, USING WHAT’S BECOMING A MORE AND MORE LIMITED RESOURCE…IS ALL IN THE NUMBERS.

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