How To Take Care Of Your Lawn’s Sprinkler System

Maintenance and routine check-ups

Rising temperatures

We all know the infamous California sunshine in the summertime. We know how scorching hot it really gets in the valley. However, the heat does not just get us alone – we are not its only victims. The heat also gets to our plants. And, what is worse is that the global temperatures are (sadly) only going to increase with each passing year. This makes a fully functional sprinkler system for your landscapes more important than ever before.

Sprinkler maintenance

The sprinkler system is a critical part of your landscape’s overall health and irrigation systems. A fully functional sprinkler system helps in keeping your landscapes properly watered. But, as can be expected, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with a sprinkler system – things like broken sprinkler heads, leaking pipes, etc. As such, a sprinkler system will need routine maintenance in order for it to keep functioning properly. A properly functioning sprinkler system will keep your irrigation system running smoothly. This will make sure that your plants and landscapes are well watered year round. And, remember – well watered plants are healthy plants.

Common sprinkler problems

So, while you are performing a routine maintenance operation on your lawn’s sprinkler system, what are some common problems that you should keep a lookout for?

Problem 1: The sprinkler’s spray heads or its rotors could be broken or malfunctioning

There are many reasons for why a spray head and a rotor could be damaged. One of the reasons can be because of the changes in the soil that happen naturally over time – this could cause the spray nozzle to get clogged up. Another reason could be that the sprinkler system was damaged during some other lawn maintenance operation like lawn mowing maybe. Such things can cause the spray heads and rotors to break or malfunction.

Problem 2: The nozzles and spray heads could be misaligned

When you activate your sprinkler, its spray heads and rotors pop up out of the ground to water your lawns. But if, for some reason, the spray heads and rotors are not properly aligned with each other and the lawn then that could seriously mess up your entire watering system. And, you don’t want that. So, make sure to check for this. Misaligned sprinkler systems provide reduced coverage and efficiency.

Problem 3: A valve could be leaking

Valves are an important part of any sprinkler systems. However, they do suffer wear and tear over time. Again, check for this. Look for any leaking valves while you are inspecting your sprinkler system.

Composting – an eco-friendly solution

Composting is an effective and environmentally friendly way to take care of your vegetable garden, flower beds, and lawns.

Composting involves the collection of organic waste into compost piles, where bacteria and other microorganisms break it down and turn it into dark and crumbly fertilizers. With a little time and effort, you can easily create your own compost pile at home.

Composting facilities

Composting is healthy for your soil, your family and the environment. There are several advantages to composting:

Turning yard waste into glass. Composting is more practical than holding your grass clippings, leaves, tree trunks, and other organic wastes and putting them in the trash. And in some cases, it takes less effort and money to put them in the compost stack than dispose of them.
Adding nutrients to your soil. The soil in your yard can feed organic wastes from a compost pile, which will help increase the number of important microorganisms and nutrients in the soil, loosen the clay that can inhibit the growth of plants and improve soil moisture retention. Instead, the plants that grow on your soil will become healthier and can produce more fruits and vegetables.
Not contributing to landfills. When you put in a compost pile without settling your clippings and scraps of food, you save valuable ground space, where they would otherwise end up.

Benefits of using compost in your gardening

No doubt you have heard of home composting, but you do it? Composting is a very rewarding activity that allows you to recycle the produced green waste and use it as a valuable source of your garden. What could be better than that?

Compost in the garden has many positive effects. The most noticeable effect is soil improvement. When you mix organic matter such as compost into your garden soil, you develop a healthy place for the tree to grow and grow. The compost will help keep the soil moisture better, as well as allow it to drain properly.

Compost is the perfect fix for all types of soil. If you have sandy soil that dries out very quickly, adding rich organic compost will help keep the soil moist longer without the smog. This will help the plants properly increase the amount of moisture. On the flip side, if you have clay soil you will notice that it is thick and almost becomes buggy when it gets too wet. The compost will lighten the soil and allow it to drain. If your soil is primarily clay, you may want to mix some sand with compost.

Not only is compost good soil added, but it can also be used as a mulch around trees. Organic additives like compost can help keep the soil moist, which is a good thing during the summer months. Using glitches to help the plants stay moist will help to prevent plants and tree stress on a hot day. If the plants are not stressed, you will have a healthy yield.

The process of composting also has a positive effect on your garden. It is beneficial not only in the garden but also on the ground. By using compost dead plants, grass clippings, etc., you will keep the organic matter out of the trash and eventually landfill. The farthest we are away is the green waste that can be added to a compost pile and recycled into beneficial waste.

A beneficial side effect of compost for gardening is a valuable lesson that you can teach your family during compost. This process helps them to be more focused on the things that are thrown into their trash. You can help your family be environmentally aware as well as in your garden!