Irrigation Tips

Did you know approximately 50 percent of the water we consume each year goes toward landscaping? Because of this, water bills are typically two to three times higher in summer than in winter. Whether you use a hose and sprinkler or an automatic irrigation system, you can water more wisely by following a few tips. 

Water wise irrigation tips

Watering schedules
Heat and wind greatly affect evaporation, so watering during the day is inefficient. Castle Rock allows watering early in the morning (before 8 a.m.) or later in the evening (after 8 p.m.)  and only every third day. Watering schedules are enforced from June 1 to Aug. 31. More information on the watering schedule is available.

Adjust your sprinklers 
Make sure your sprinklers are watering your lawn and garden and not the street or sidewalk. Also utilize the best sprinkler head for the job - there is a difference! (Want to learn more? Head to the Town's conservation website

Apply the amount of water your soil can absorb
Water deeply and less often. Run off, puddling, slopes, soil conditions and temperature all affect how much water you need. Cycle and soak your lawn according to its seasonal needs. Check your lawn by simply walking across it. If it springs back, the lawn does not need water. You can also use a screwdriver inserted 6 inches into the ground. 

Check the weather
Castle Rock provides you with your ET factor. This evapotranspiration calculation is specific to your neighborhood and indicates if you should water more or less during a given time period. A good rule of thumb for turf grass is to water no more than 1.5 inches per week when the temperature is over 85 degrees. 

Inspect your irrigation system for leaks, broken lines or blockage in the lines
A well maintained system will save you money, water, and time. The best indicators for a broken line are soggy spots and dry spots.

Replace the turf
Replacing some turf area with low water use plants and ornamental grasses adds variety to your yard and requires far less water. Each
April, we conduct a Xeriscape design class.

Group plants with like watering needs
Creating “watering zones” in your garden will allow you to give each plant the water it requires - not too much or too little. Pick the best irrigation nozzle for each zone.

Add a shut-off nozzle to your garden hose 
Save about 5-7 gallons each minute your hose is on.
Adjust your mower to a higher setting
A taller lawn can support a deeper root system, helping retain more moisture.

Shutting down your irrigation system and preparing your plants and lawn for our winter will help your yard prepare for the next season. Attend our class held each September.