Irrigation System Maintenance for Spring

An automated irrigation system offers many conveniences, but convenience is not without responsibility. You should inspect your irrigation system for potential problems monthly and have it checked thoroughly at least twice a year, in the fall and spring. If not properly maintained, large amounts of water can be wasted.

Before you use your irrigation system this spring, check it for:

  • Broken, leaning, and/or clogged sprinkler heads
  • Heads spraying on sidewalks, driveways, patios or streets
  • Extremely fine mist that could evaporate before it hits the ground
  • Uneven coverage and sprays blocked by landscape material

Also, examine the controller for start times and frequency of use. Set a schedule that is appropriate for your landscape. During the hottest, driest time of the year, you shouldn’t need to run your irrigation system more than once per week for turf, and no more than once every two to three weeks for beds. If you have drought-tolerant plant material, irrigate even less often, if at all.

If inspecting your irrigation system is too daunting, have it checked by a licensed irrigator. Make sure they set your controller to a water-saving setting.

Picture of Juan Soulas
Juan Soulas
Juan Soulas is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System. Since joining SAWS in 2007 his duties have focused on residential water use. He works with his Conservation colleagues to help customers find ways to reduce outdoor usage without compromising the health and aesthetic quality of their landscapes. Juan also coordinates engaging outreach efforts with SAWS’ conservation partners -- Bexar County Master Gardeners, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, San Antonio Botanical Garden and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – to increase community access to vital conservation information.
Dig Deeper

Find expert advice on garden basics, landscape design, watering and year-round maintenance.