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What do your sprinklers look like?

Most of us know that the best time to water grass is early in the morning. But that also means most of us are either still sleeping or at work when the sprinklers go off. Good thing I have my keen eyes on the look out for some common lawn problems when it comes to the wonderful world of watering. Here’s what I saw on my last adventure!

Yikes! That’s way too much water, look how slippery the sidewalk is!

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sprinklersPhoto Credit: Katrina M. Wilkins

Uh-oh! Watering your lawn between noon and 4:00 p.m.? You’re probably losing a good amount of that water to wind and evaporation. Try early morning for the best absorption.

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Photo Credit: Municipal Water District of Orange County

Good job over here…15 minutes of watering and only about 1 foot of runoff or less, not bad!

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Photo Credit: sfwater.org

Bravo! All the sprinklers work and the sidewalk is dry too! Overspray is reduced by insetting sprinklers from the duge of the grass. This is a recommended best practice!

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Unfortunately, these short legs can only take me so far. I didn’t get to see everyone’s sprinklers, but I would love to see how all my neighbors are doing. Will you please take a picture of your sprinkler systems watering your lawn and send it to me at  gnome@h2oc.org? Who knows, your thumbs up picture may end up being featured on our homepage.

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3 Comments

  1. City of Irvine Environmental Programs | Over Watering Is Out Says:

    October 7th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    […] What do your sprinklers look like? […]

  2. Sandra Fazio Says:

    November 20th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Do you have a little pamphlet that can be left on someones door step?

  3. Neighborhood Gnome Says:

    November 21st, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Sandy,

    I sent you an email that included an:

    Overwatering Is Out Newsletter Article which directs Orange County residents to our website to find easy to follow water smart tips and information on how they can sign up for our monthly emails (and)

    A Rebate flyer which provides Orange County residents with information on devices that can help with efficient and effective landscape watering

    Thanks for helping us spread the word!

    – Your friendly neighborhood gnome