1. Turn off the automatic timer or at least turn it back to 1 day per week. Why? The timer doesn’t know if it has rained recently. The timer doesn’t know that today is 10 degrees or more cooler than yesterday. All of this factors affect water use!
2. Check the lines frequently to make sure each dripper is running, is not clogged and there are no leaks.
3. Run the drip system for the appropriate amount of time! No sure how long? Just ask us! Hint: It is not how many minutes, but hours! Or read Farmer Fred’s Rant about drip systems here.
In case you didn’t notice, the new restrictions for Turlock residents do not apply to those using drips systems. Drips systems are great but need to be used properly! (Click here for Turlock’s water restrictions).
For more information on reducing water use in the yard and garden, see our California Friendly page or check out our upcoming seminars!