Improperly used, lawn sprinklers can cause damage to your home and your property, as well as cost you money and negatively affect the environment. Here are three ways your lawn sprinklers may be ruining your home.
Misting may be great for house plants, but when it comes to the lawn, your sprinklers should be offering your yard large drops of water, not mist. Mist drifts on the wind and evaporates quickly, leaving the lawn thirsty and the water wasted. Adjust the sprinkler heads as needed to keep your lawn lush and your costs down.
Are Your Lawn Sprinklers Watering the House?
You are ruining your home if you allow lawn sprinklers to spray against the house. Wood siding, masonry and stucco walls may all be the victims of rot and color leaching that results from constantly being assaulted with water. In addition, eventual soil erosion and water pooling may affect your grading, setting you up for foundation damage or upward movement of the foundation. It can also cause a leaky, moldy basement. Your house is not built to withstand being watered frequently.
Are You Watering in the Rain?
Watering the lawn during rain is not only a waste of water and money, but it can also ruin your lawn. Over watering is one of the most common ways to kill your grass and ground cover plants. If you have a built-in irrigation system that relies on a timer and don’t have time to monitor it for the weather, consider adding a rain sensor that automatically shuts off the scheduled watering during rain.
For more control, look into a new sophisticated system that analyzes and is adaptive to both the moisture evaporation in the soil and the level of rainfall.
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