As cooler temperatures set in, your landscape will start recovering from this summer’s long days and hot temperatures. One important adjustment to make this month is to shorten your sprinkler run times. Your lawn and plants will need less water in the fall, and you’ll be saving water. How do you know if you are watering enough? Step on your lawn: If the grass springs back, it doesn’t need water. Applying less water means you will need to mow less, and who doesn’t want to mow less? Fall is also a good time to check your system for leaks. Be sure to examine the points where sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. If you see water pooling or if you have large, wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a pen (1/32 of an inch) can waste about 6,000 gallons of water per month, according to EPA’s WaterSense.
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