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Fall Back on Watering

Shorter days are on the way, temperatures are cooling down, and your landscape is preparing for its long winter’s nap. That means it doesn’t absorb as much water and soil evaporation drops significantly.

Autumn is the ideal time to stop widespread watering — especially with your irrigation system. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Cut run times in half. For a lawn in full sun, reduce the run time from 22 minutes to 11 minutes.
  2. Use the seasonal adjust. If your controller has this feature, use it to decrease all settings by 50 percent.
  3. Turn it off. In most years, natural precipitation supplies almost all the water a plant needs to survive and grow. If rainfall is below historic averages, you can run your system manually.

Hand watering is always the most efficient way to save water and money. Visit GardenStyleSA.com for weekly watering amounts and tips to keep your yard looking great using less water.