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Adjusting Your Sprinkler Controller for Seasonal Changes in Texas

In Texas, where the seasons can range from scorching summers to relatively mild winters, adjusting your sprinkler system to align with seasonal changes is crucial for maintaining a healthy lawn and conserving water. Here’s a guide to help you recalibrate your sprinkler settings throughout the year.

Summer

Summers in Texas are known for their intense heat and occasional droughts. To keep your lawn hydrated without overwatering:

  • Increase Watering Frequency: Given the high temperatures and potential for evaporation, consider watering your lawn more frequently but in shorter cycles early in the morning to reduce water loss.
  • Water Deeply: Deep watering encourages deeper root growth. Set your sprinklers to run long enough to soak the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches.
  • Cycle and Soak Method: If runoff occurs, use the cycle and soak method by dividing watering times into shorter periods allowing the water to soak in, and then resuming to ensure deep watering.

Fall

Fall in Texas brings milder temperatures and occasionally heavy rains. Adjust your sprinkler system to:

  • Reduce Frequency: Start reducing the watering frequency as temperatures begin to drop. Overwatering in fall can lead to fungal growth.
  • Monitor Rainfall: Install a rain sensor or monitor weather forecasts to avoid watering before or after significant rainfall.
  • Prepare for Winter: Late fall is a good time to aerate your lawn to improve water absorption and prepare for winter.

Winter

Winters are usually mild but can vary greatly. On average,

  • Minimize Watering: Most Texas lawns go dormant in winter. Water once or twice a month on warmer days to prevent the soil from completely drying out.
  • Protect Pipes and System: Ensure your sprinkler system is winterized to prevent freezing and damage. This may include insulating exposed pipes and shutting off the water supply to the system.

Spring

Spring in Texas is often short and quickly transitions from cool to warm temperatures.

  • Gradually Increase Watering: Start by watering once a week and adjust based on rainfall and temperature increases.
  • Check System: Inspect your sprinkler system for any damage from the winter months. Replace or repair damaged heads and check for leaks.
  • Optimize for Growth: Spring is a crucial time for lawn recovery and growth. Ensure your watering schedule supports new growth without overwatering.

Tips for All Seasons

  • Adjust Based on Weather: Always be prepared to adjust your sprinkler settings based on unexpected weather changes or rainfall.
  • Invest in a Smart Controller: Consider upgrading to a smart sprinkler controller that adjusts watering based on real-time weather conditions, soil moisture levels, and plant types.
  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly check your sprinkler heads for proper coverage and clogging to ensure your lawn receives even watering.

 

By adjusting your sprinkler controller according to these seasonal guidelines, you can ensure your Texas lawn remains healthy year-round while maximizing water efficiency.

 

If you have any questions or need any type of sprinkler system repair, the experts at Mr Sprinkler Repair will be glad to help. Give us a call or 855-695-1000 to set an appointment.