Adjusting the run times on your irrigation controller is essential during the Winter season. Overwatering can cause damage to your landscape and lawn and is wasteful when little to no water is required during cold weather. We are often asked how long should I have my sprinkler running during the Winter, so here a few things to consider.
Depending on the type of flowers, plants, and other landscaping one may have, helps to determine the recommended runtimes necessary. If you have seasonal color or flowers, setting your sprinklers to come on twice a week at low times (5-8 minutes) should be sufficient. However, watering during the Winter may not be required if you have drought tolerant plantings. In that case, you may want to turn off your irrigation system to avoid un-necessary watering.
Even during the cold Winter season, water restrictions are still in place and residents, homeowners, and companies are required to abide. The Texas drought conditions remain a major issue thus causing major cities such as Plano to enter into Stage 3 restrictions-limiting watering to once, every other week. Other major cities such as Dallas are able to water twice a week. Be sure to visit your city’s official website for city specific water restrictions and consider this when resetting or reprogramming your controller.
There are numerous sprinkler parts used to efficiently water your property such as sprays, nozzles, and drip. Our professionals recommend you always following water restrictions, but also contemplate such parts to determine watering runtimes as well.
Ultimately, setting your controller runtimes during the Winter will boil down to your own preferences. However, the listed recommendations are a great way to ensure proper watering. If necessary, we are happy to assist you on a service call; yet, it is also important that you are in the know. Texas Waterboys are here to help and educate our consumers in order to achieve excellent customer satisfaction and aid in maintaining beautiful, lush Texas lawns and landscape!
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