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Be Water-Wise with These Outdoor Watering Tips

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Today’s irrigation systems include sophisticated controllers that allow you to easily adjust watering schedules to fit different needs. Don’t Send Water Down the Drain The type of soil you have will determine how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Exceeding that limit will cause runoff and water waste. Watering too much and too frequently can also result in shallow roots, weed growth, disease, and fungus, so try to only water when it’s needed. …

Eight Water Saving Planting Tips

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Saving water doesn’t have to involve the cost and inconvenience of tearing up your yard to install a new irrigation system. It’s easy to save water and reduce your utility bills with simple changes to your landscaping and gardening routine: 1. Landscape to Suit Your Lot Choose grass or plants that have low water requirements and will thrive in your local climate. Consider your lot’s exact features, including sun and…

How to Take Care of Your Irrigation System

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Irrigation systems need regular maintenance to keep them working efficiently year after year. Damage from lawn equipment or improper winterization can cause leaks and other serious problems. Do It Yourself 1. Inspect your System Monthly Check for leaks, broken or clogged sprinkler heads, and other problems. Clean clogged screens and drip irrigation filters as needed. 2. Adjust Sprinkler Heads Remove or correct obstructions that prevent sprinklers from distributing water evenly….

Planning for an Irrigation System

WaterSmart® Irrigation 101: Make Your Irrigation System Smart

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Most homeowners overwater their yard, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. Using an automated irrigation system is one of the best ways to keep your lawn and landscape beautiful and healthy, while minimizing water waste. Make time each season to be sure you’re getting the most out of your irrigation system, while keeping utility bills low and helping to protect the…

What to Consider Before You Invest in an Irrigation System

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Using an automated irrigation system is one of the best ways to keep your lawn and landscape beautiful and healthy while minimizing water waste. Plan carefully for a reliable, flexible irrigation system that can grow and evolve along with your landscaping. Plan for Now 1. Meet Code Requirements Include the right backflow prevention device for your area. Required by the National Plumbing Code for all irrigation systems, backflow prevention devices prevent…

Ways to Save Water in Summer Heat

Ways to Save Water in the Summer Heat Wave

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Throughout much of the country, the end of summer typically triggers the biggest heat wave of the year. At the height of a heat wave, everything can be impacted in some way − the air we breathe, the plants we grow, and the grass we walk on. Even our moods are affected. And, everywhere you turn, you’re being told to be mindful of water use, which only makes the extreme…

Ways to Save Water at Home

Ways To Save Water At Home

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The Toro Company is initiating case studies involving commercial and residential irrigation applications. This is the first residential case study in the series.  Resident Profile  The Schenck family has lived in their Yucaipa, California, home since 2007. Nicole Schenck, owner of a firm that stages large events, such as a water conference attracting irrigation experts from around the state, is a water aficionado who pays close attention to her monthly…

How Often Should I Upgrade My Irrigation System Controller?

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How often do you upgrade your personal technology? For many of us, upgrading our phones, computers, even our cars is something we do every few years. Updating home technology likely doesn’t happen as often. But, keeping current can save you time and money.   So, when was the last time you upgraded your irrigation system controller? If the answer is longer than a few years, now is the time. Putting…

High-Tech Yard Tools Take the Hassle Out of Watering

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Creating and maintaining a healthy, sustainable lawn and landscape is now easier than ever. Putting technology to work in your yard takes the guesswork out of watering. Toro’s soil and weather sensors give you a high-tech way to save water. Monitoring the amount of moisture in your soil gives you the ability to water only when your lawn needs it. Many of the top golf courses, sports venues and high-end…

Guide to Saving Water and Your Lawn

Guide To Saving Water and Your Lawn

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With growing demands for water and drought conditions in parts of the country, many are looking for ways to reduce their water usage. Experts say there are several simple actions homeowners can take in the yard that can immediately save both water and money. No longer must you choose between replacing your lawn and saving water. “We often see sprinklers watering sidewalks and drives, running during the rain, or sending…