July is Smart Irrigation Month!

July is Smart Irrigation Month, hosted by the Irrigation Association.

According to their website, “Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to increase awareness of the value of water use… and grow demand for water-saving products, practices and services.”

Resources like tools and calculators are available to help your irrigation business.

Here are a few tips to help you get started, from an article published in  Superintendent April 2015, entitled Eight Ways to be More Irrigation Efficient by Lawrence Aylward.

  • Take seminars on water management to improve your knowledge. Better yet, take classes to become a certified irrigation auditor.
  • Consider an irrigation audit conducted by a third party. Yeah, it costs money, but it will probably pay for itself in the long run.
  • Don’t let the sticker shock on the price of a new irrigation system or upgrade prohibit you from investing. Do your homework on the return on investment. You might find the investment makes good sense.
  • Consider taking out turf and converting it to non-irrigated native areas.
  • Learn how long you can push turf without irrigating it.
  • Know your golf course, especially areas that need less water than others.
  • Adjust irrigation in accordance with the seasons and angle of the sun.
  • Embrace available irrigation technology, from surfactants to soil moisture sensors and probes.

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