Sunday, June 10, 2007

Broken Sprinkler Heads are Just the Beginning

Broken sprinkler heads are just the beginning. You've seen it: brown ugly patches of dead grass or the neighbor's busted sprinkler head gushing water onto the sidewalk. What a waste!

It's a bad time to be wasting water. Anytime is a bad time and most of the lawn sprinklers around town are wasting water. Unfortunately, most irrigation systems are inefficient.

Why water efficiently?

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), across the nation, our growing population is putting stress on available water supplies. Between 1950 and 2000, our nation's population increased nearly 90 percent. But during that same growth period, public demand for water increased 209 percent!

Ok----Let's go back to your neighbor's broken sprinkler system that was wasting water.It's not just the obvious busted sprinkler head and brown patches of grass going dry while your neighbor wasn't looking. It's the not-so-obvious-problem that might be going on in the turf outside your own window.

Sometimes as much as 50 percent of the water going through the sprinkler system does not reach the intended plant or turf.

Is your sprinkler system wasting water? Do you have hedges that were planted when they built your house and now the hedges are so tall that the turf gets less water than it needs?

TIP: Hedges require less water than turf.

It's time you took a look. Tell me what you find. And I can help you from there.

Any spray heads behind your hedges? Blog us back and tell us what you find!

Craig and Kay Borglum

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