Episode #57 | Original Air Date: May 19, 2020
Calibrating your irrigation system means figuring out how long it needs to run to apply the correct amount of water.
To calibrate your system, set out five to ten straight-sided containers, like tuna-fish cans, throughout the landscape or each irrigation zone, if you have zones.
Turn on the sprinkler system for thirty minutes. Then use a ruler to measure the depth of the water in each container and average them all together.
Once you know this number, you can calculate how much time is needed to apply one-half to three-quarters of an inch of water, which is what your landscape needs at each application.
Calibrating your system saves water, money and our environment.
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