Sprinkler Irrigation During Droughts And Water Shortages

California droughts

Droughts and water shortages are pretty common in California. We have quite a history with droughts, too. The last drought we experienced was in 2011 and it was the worst drought ever in the recorded history of our state. The drought lasted a complete 6 years, officially ending in 2017. Droughts and water shortages are very damaging to everybody, especially plant life. This holds true for your gardens, lawns, and landscapes as well. The plants in your lawn need water to live. Water is their source of life. Water helps nourish them and keep them alive. The same water also enriches the soil with nutrients without which those plants would die off. Grass? Flowers? Shrubs? Trees? They all need water.

Water conservation

So, how can you make sure that your plants don’t die off in drought season or during water shortages? Well, it is simple enough. First, if you don’t already have one, you need to get a professionally installed sprinkler irrigation system for your garden or your lawn. Modern drip irrigation systems always work the best. Then, you just need to make sure that you are not wasting any water and saving as much of it as possible. Don’t worry, we have a few tips that will help you do exactly that.

Useful tips and tricks that will help you keep your garden alive

Just follow these simple tips to keep your lawn healthy in droughts and water shortages:

Tip 1: Check for leaks in the sprinkler system

Even small leaks waste a lot of water and all that wasted water will cost you both in money and the potential decline of your lawn’s health.

Tip 2: Water your lawn in the evenings

How does watering your lawn in the evenings help you save water? Well, you see, the sunsets in the evening and no sun in the sky means that the water that you just sprinkled all over your lawn will not evaporate away as fast as it will during the daytime when the sun is out.

Tip 3: Keep an eye out for any changes in the weather

Changes in the weather are hard to predict. You will need to adjust your irrigation systems according to any changes in the weather. This can include having to adjust the operating pressure of your sprinkler system as well.

Tip 4: Upgrade your irrigation system

You can also upgrade your irrigation system with automatic shutoff devices that will stop all irrigation operations when they are not needed. Such devices take into account various factors like rain, moisture, and humidity.

Tip 5: Change to drought-resistant plants

You can consider using drought-resistant plants to design (or redesign) your landscapes. There are many varieties of grass, flowers, shrubs, and trees, which don’t need a lot of water to survive. This is one solution that really works in the long run and also helps you save a lot of money.

Guide to choose the right turf

Choosing the best turf that suits your environment before installing and trying to grow can be half the work of maintaining a good lawn throughout the year. That’s why we decided to create this comprehensive guide to help guide you from purchase to installation. In this guide, we need the most important tips and essential advice on choosing, installing and growing your lawn, and if you follow the information presented, you will have the best-looking yard in the road!

1 Choose a lawn that best matches the amount of time you’re willing to spend looking after it.

Choosing the right turf variety can help you in the long run by assessing the level of maintenance needed.

When choosing your lawn turf, it is best to evaluate the environment and landscape when the turf is raised and how much maintenance is required. From here, many people know how much their ability to commit to looking after their new lawn and start off in the wrong direction, one that looks best, ends with a lawn that requires more maintenance than their suppliers provide. Knowing the maintenance required in choosing the right maintenance enables you to make an informed decision and makes it easy for you to know what it takes to maintain its quality. Answering the following questions will help you determine the amount of maintenance and time you should spend looking after your new lawn.

Q. How often do you plan on watering your new lawn?

  • Not often (once every 5-7 days)
  • Often (once every 2-3 days)
  • Very often (every day)

Q. How often do you plan to cut your lawn raw?

  • Not often (once every 5-7 days)
  • Often (once every 2-3 days)
  • Very often (every day)

Choose a lawn that best matches your environment and weather conditions. Determine the environment in which it should be installed Select the correct turf type it Determining the weather and the general landscape where the turf is installed when choosing your lawn turf Best you have to think when considering some of the turf keys to use below.

Q. Does the temperature of your lawn cool enough in the winter to freeze?

  • Yes
  • No

Q. What is the area where your lawn will be installed under many shaded areas?

  • Yes
  • No

Q. Will the lawn area be exposed to a lot of foot traffic?

  • Yes
  • No

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, Sir Walter Premium Lawn Turf has the best shade tolerance, with the Palmetto soft leaf buffalo on it. Like all living things, Sir Walter and Palmetto both need some sun to survive; We recommend 3-4 hours of sun per day for each of them.

Pros and cons of using artificial or real turf in sports


Low maintenance costs. Although the initial cost (about $ 600K) is higher, supporters claim that maintenance is much less expensive, which some estimate drops from $ 35K to $ 5K per year. Artificial turf refers to the need for repairs, vacuuming, refilling, and even water supply, whether it is financially friendly to the pressures, advertising in the fields can last as long as it does and raises bargaining problems.
Pesticide-free. Unlike natural grass, artificial turf does not need to be treated with pesticides and fertilizers (note, however, some cities have had success with organic grass fields).
The play has to be increased. Artificial turf fields are much more durable than grass; Because the playability is too high they allow wide access; Can always be played; During the tricky fields, they give youth sports companies practices they might not otherwise have; Problems with spring and autumn rains that result in the cancellation of numerous games and practices scheduled for grass fields; A match in the mud field can ruin the rest of the field.
Low Injury: Durability and an even playing surface mean less injury and unlike grass that clings to rough play and eventually turns into huge patches of slippery mud (uneven ankle, uneven opening, sloping back).
Saves water. The growing grass playing field uses about 50,000 gallons of water per week during the growing season.


Heat Hazard The heat-absorbing properties of an artificial field make it too hot to play in extremely hot weather. On a 98-degree day, the temperature of the turf can rise above 120 degrees. A study by Brigham Young University found that the surface temperature of the synthetic turf at his football practice field was 5 degrees higher than the air temperature. Supporters point out that the use of fields can be handled to ensure that players are not playing during the hottest days of the day and are sufficiently hydrated; As a result, their argument is a problem of convenience rather than a higher temperature protection problem.
Lead. Excessive exposure to lead is associated with severe mental retardation, stunted growth, and death. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that there is no safe level of lead release and suggests that soil layers do not exceed the trace amount (3 parts per million).
Older turf fields made from nylon or nylon/polyethylene blend fibers may contain lead levels that make the public potential health concern. Only artificial turf field tests made of polyethylene fiber have shown that lead levels are very low in these fields.
Field Turf, North America’s largest artificial turf maker, sells a lead-free artificial turf, but only if the community asks for a custom-made field. The fields that most communities purchase make the field color bright and adorn the logo of a sports team.
Jackie Lombardo, a member of the Sierra Club National Toxicics Committee, said: “We know that old turf products contain toxic chemicals related to asthma, learning disabilities, and cancer. They say cigarettes are safe because they did not contain lead because they do not contain lead in this synthetic grass. There are a lot of chemicals and how we can make an impact are just babies Not on the health, what are the effects on groundwater, we do not know. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States consistently advised “eliminating all unnecessary use of lead” for any possible health hazard, and has long considered lead dust among the most popular health hazards for children; It notes that the combination of ages, weather, sunlight and wear, and tear can lead to dust-free of lead from old or well-used fields.
Zinc Hazard: A Connecticut-based Environmental Advocacy Group, Environment and Human Health Inc. (AHI), has been warning about the artificial turf field for several years, and its findings support its controversy in early 2007 at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, which examined the contents of “crumb rubber” and concluded that several potentially dangerous chemicals Compounds can escape in the air or under certain conditions Can ESA. The levels of zinc trapped in the water were high. A study by the University of North Carolina found a potential link between continued exposure to zinc and cardiovascular damage.
Other harmful chemicals: According to AHHI, chopped rubber may contain other toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and selenium.
Toxic run-off. Run-off (may include l) when artificial field currents after heavy rain.