Mastering Water Conservation: A Guide to Proper Landscape Irrigation Methods

We’ve always told customers that irrigation systems are a necessary evil. And we’ll be the first to tell you that most people don’t have the time to water using the old-school conventional methods, such as dragging around a hose or even the classic watering pail.

So what do people need to understand about irrigation systems so they can be used optimally?  

They’re actually quite convenient, especially with new landscape installations. They can help save water and money if set up correctly, and establishing new plants or turf grass is key to maintaining your landscape and properties during hot, dry summers. 

Yet irrigation systems also have a downside. “Overwatering.”  

We’ve encountered many customers who love to run their irrigation system outside of the recommended schedule, which can cause bigger issues down the road.

Plants growing in soil that is too wet suffer from a lack of oxygen, which leads to the death of roots and a loss of vigor in the plant, as well as stunted growth with yellowing leaves, which is a symptom of over-watering. 



Turf grass that is overwatered also becomes weak, which makes it susceptible to fungus and insect infestation. All of these problems result in costly treatments and even full replacements.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 50% of water used for outdoor purposes, such as irrigation, is wasted due to inefficient watering practices; up to 40% of water applied through inefficient irrigation methods, such as overhead sprinklers, is lost to evaporation before reaching plant roots. Furthermore, a leaky irrigation system can waste up to 10% of a household’s water usage annually.

So let’s talk about how to use your irrigation system optimally and avoid common mishaps!


Avoiding Overuse

Many of us tend to overwater our landscapes, thinking that more water equals healthier plants. 

However, excessive watering can lead to water waste, root rot, and increased susceptibility to pests and diseases. Also, make sure to regularly check irrigation systems for leaks, malfunctions, or inefficiencies to prevent overuse of water.

By understanding the signs of overwatering and implementing mid-season inspections, you can take proactive steps towards efficient water management.


The Importance of Proper Timing and Measurement

When it comes to watering your plants, timing is everything. Watering early in the morning, between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m., allows for minimal evaporation and optimal water absorption. 

Avoid watering in the heat of the day or late in the evening, as this can lead to fungal infections, water loss, and ultimately an unhappy landscape or garden.


How to Manage Water Wisely

Contrary to popular belief, dry-looking soil doesn’t always indicate a need for water. Before watering, test the soil moisture and observe your plants for signs of stress. 

By taking a proactive approach to irrigation, you can avoid unnecessary water use and promote healthier plant growth. 


Spread the Word

Education is key to promoting water conservation and healthy irrigation practices. 

Share your knowledge and resources with others to empower them to become proactive stewards of water conservation within their communities.



If you’re unsure about optimizing your irrigation system, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance. Our team at ILT Vignocchi is here to help you set up and maintain an efficient  system tailored to your landscape’s specific needs. 

When in doubt, call us out!

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your irrigation practices, as every drop counts in our journey towards a more sustainable future!