Using an automated sprinkler timer to run a sprinkler system can ensure that trees and plants get watered consistently without under or overwatering. Sprinkler timers can be automatically set up forspecific times and on specific days to comply with the City of Frisco water use rules. Sprinkler controllers, also called timers, should be monitored regularly an
d adjusted when there is a change in the season, when plants have become established or when it rains.
The first step to adjusting your sprinkler timer is to create a watering schedule for each sprinkler zone. Follow these tips:
- Check approved times and days allowed for landscape watering.
- Draw a picture of the yard and the different sprinkler zones.
- Gather information on how much water your trees and plants need in each zone and how often. Visit txsmartscape.com to estimate the watering needs for different plants.
- Create a watering schedule for each sprinkler station noting the days the system should run, what time watering should begin and how long each station should run.
Program the sprinkler timer using the controller manual based on the information gathered in the first step. Most manuals are available online by the manufacturer. Find the appropriate manufacturer and model number imprinted on your controller. Search for the manufacturer on the internet and look for a link that provides programming instructions, manual or guide. For additional help, the Dallas Irrigation Association’s website provides a directory and phone numbers to several local irrigation professionals.
Lastly, use your watering schedule as a guide. Re-evaluate the watering schedule on a monthly basis and make adjustments for seasonal changes, when plants become established, and when it rains. Use Frisco’s lawn watering advice as an indication of whether supplemental watering is needed each week. Watch plants for stress and increase or decrease watering times accordingly. Turn the controller to OFF when rain is expected or when the soil is already wet. Remember to turn the controller back on when the soil is dry.