Five Steps for a Better Spring Irrigation Startup

Having a good irrigation system can mean the difference between a beautiful lawn and one that looks run down and dull. If you want to make sure you have the system ready to go this spring, these are the 5 steps you need to take:

#1: Visual Inspection
Visually inspect your irrigation system. Be sure you to examine every possible part you can to make sure all the pieces are intact. If you do happen to see that some parts are broken,  replace those parts before getting the irrigation system going.

#2: Filter Cleaning
The system will not work properly if its filters are dirty or clogged.  First, remove the filters from the filter body. Then, wipe off any dirt or sediment that you see. You can swirl it around in a small tub of water to remove any big pieces of debris. Finally, if it’s still not completely clean, you can spray it gently with a water hose to get the rest of the dirt and grime off.

#3: Slowly Open the Main Valve
If you open the main valve too quickly, the water will come rushing out at a high speed and potentially damage your system. Simply slowly open the valve and listen for running water. After a few seconds, you shouldn’t hear the water running anymore. At this point, you’ll want to go around and visually inspect the system again to confirm there aren’t any leaks.

#4: Reprogram or Replace Your smart Controller
The start of a new season is a great time to reprogram your  controller or buy a completely new one. If you want to go a different and more efficient route from the conventional controller, you can buy a smart controller. It will make garden’s watering more accurate and economical, as it is based on weather and outdoor conditions and waters only the necessary amount, if necessary.

#5: Flush the System
The final thing you want to do is remove the caps and flush the system. Not only will this help you expel any dirt and debris that might clog up the system, but you will also be able to see if it’s still working efficiently and the way you want it to. All you have to do is run the water through the system for about 2 or 3 minutes.

*Author: Sarah Bradley, Yourgreenpal