Troubleshooting Your Sprinkler System To Counteract Dry Spots In Your Lawn

5 June 2015
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Dragging hoses around your lawn makes you a slave to your watering. Every hour or so, you have to move your hose to a new spot in your lawn. If you really want to fix the problem, you need to install a sprinkler system. While an automated system will free you from the need to drag hoses, you still have some concerns to keep an eye on.

For example, dry spots can develop in your lawn, and when you see them, it is time to troubleshoot your system:

Adjust the Watering Duration (not the Frequency)

As the temperature outside gets warmer, your grass will need more water. The question is how to get enough water to keep your grass healthy. If you simply run your sprinkler more often, you will put down a shallow layer of water that will not penetrate the surface of the ground.

Letting your sprinklers run longer will ensure that you get good penetration, and as the water seeps in, it will stimulate your lawn's roots causing them to grow deeper, which will better help your lawn to survive the sun's onslaught. Thus, you should increase the run time of each zone rather than the frequency. 

Troubleshoot Each Head

A sprinkler can cease to operate properly for a few different reasons. If you inspect your system's run time, and you still seem to have problems, then you need inspect each head for problems, which include the following:

1. Vertical Issues: A sprinkler head should be installed so that it sits straight up and down. If a head starts to lean, it will shoot into the air on one side and into the ground on the other. If you see a head that leans, you need to dig around the head on the side it leans away from, then gently straighten the head and pack the dirt you removed into the side that it used to lean toward.

2. Arc Issues: Your sprinkler heads should be set so that they completely cover your lawn, but if a head stops short of where it should, you will have problems. You should have an adjustment tool that you can use to adjust the arc, or range, of problem heads. 

3. Gear Issues: Your sprinkler will have gears that allow it to rotate from side to side. If these gears get stripped, your head will cease to operate, and you will need to replace the sprinkler head. 

While working on sprinkler heads can take time, it is not difficult. As long as you know what to do, you should have no problem troubleshooting your system to correct dry spots. To learn more, contact a company like Michael Bellantoni.