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EFFICIENT IRRIGATION
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There is a wide range of irrigation equipment available covering every possible need. With every type there is one thing fundamental: They must be operated efficiently. You can ensure this by being aware of six points.

1. Since the xeriscape garden is designed with hydro-zones the system should deliver water at different frequencies depending on the requirements of that zone. Always water the lawn separately; if you have an automatic system be sure that the lawn has its own zone otherwise the other plants will be over-watered. Timer devices should be used to shut water off once the required amount has been delivered.

2. Deep watering develops deep roots. Water less frequently for "harder" plants and allow the roots to follow the moisture down deep into the soil.

3. The watering needs of your garden will vary with daily weather conditions and with the season. Watering times and frequencies should vary through the season and, with automatic systems, there should be a simple means of shutting it down during rainy periods. Respond to your plants needs, not your habits. Focus on how much water your lawn and plants really need. When temperatures are hot, plants need more water than when conditions are cool.

4. Water at night or early morning. This reduces water lost through evaporation and wind drift.

5. Run-off water is wasted and should be avoided. Adjust sprinklers to eliminate over-spray on roads, and paving. In planted areas use mulching and amend the topsoil with organic matter to improve water absorption . And, particularly on slopes, adjust the irrigation schedule; a series of repeated short irrigation cycles will allow the soil to absorb more water

6. Maintain your system on a regular basis for best performance.


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