Here at WaterWise, one of the most common questions we get is: How long should I run my system to equal the amount of water you recommend? This is a great question! We just wish there was a straight forward answer to give, because the truth is, it’s complicated.
Depending on the type of sprinkler heads you have (spray, full rotor, half, quarter, high efficiency, etc.), if you have drip lines, the slope of your yard, and the amount of water pressure in your system, the length of time required to achieve the depth recommendations can vary widely.
As a result, we recommend each home owner run a catch-can test on their yard to figure out just how long it takes for their system to put down one inch of water, and don’t forget to watch the video! Having said that, we do have a rough guideline of how long to water for a specific depth on our website, but please keep in mind that this is a guide only.
Additionally, our heavy clay soil can only absorb so much water at one time – this means that while you may run your system long enough to put out .50” of water on your lawn, much of it may run off causing you to waste water and money. Please keep this in mind as you plan your sprinkler runs and adjust to the cycle and soak method of watering so that you water less and more effectively saving you water and money!
And remember, you can always call 972-292-5800 to schedule a free sprinkler system check-up and have one of our licensed irrigators set your controller for you. Thank you Frisco, for watering wisely!