Hit the Snooze Button on your Irrigation Controller

Hit the Snooze Button on your Irrigation Controller

At this time of year the lawn is dormant, or in a slumber. So don’t water. Just let it sleep. Your pocketbook will thank you.

During the holidays we’re all busy with a million things and let’s face it, most of those things cost money.

But I’ve got some good news for you — watering your landscape is one less thing you need to worry about. So turn off your irrigation controller, let your landscape sleep and save that water for your extra houseguests this season.

Here in South Texas if you have turf grass, you likely have Bermuda, zoysia or St. Augustine. Trust me when I say your lawn will survive on the water from the sky until late spring. At this time of year, the lawn is dormant, or in a slumber. So don’t water. Just let it sleep.

If we have no rainfall for several weeks and you absolutely feel like you must water, turn your controller on to let it water once that week and then turn it off again. Don’t set it and forget it.

As a licensed irrigator, I understand the importance of following best practices to ensure I’m not wasting water. And as a homeowner, I know irrigation systems should only be used as a supplement in the absence of rain. It should never be left in ‘auto’ or ‘run’ mode year round. This results in a lot of unnecessary watering and very high water bills.

So do your yard and your pocketbook a favor, turn off the irrigation controller.

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Heather Ginsburg

Heather Ginsburg is passionate about helping homeowners and San Antonio save water. She brings experience as a landscape designer and horticultural therapist to each consultation she has with homeowners in her role as a conservation consultant for SAWS. Heather is an idealist and believes every homeowner can have beautiful low water-use gardens and functional outdoor spaces to interact with nature in a positive, life-enriching way. Heather is an urban farmer who works hard to teach her children to tread lighter on the earth.