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July 19, 2011 > July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month

Summer 2011 is finally here, and with summer comes the increase in water usage as well as an increase in your water bill. This is why, Del Conte Landscaping Vision Recycling and Garden Apps, is celebrating the Irrigation Association's Smart Irrigation Month.

Tip #1: Maintain your yard regularly. A well-maintained yard requires less water, so weed, prune, aerate your lawn, cultivate, add soil amendments/fertilizer and mow as needed.

Tip #2: Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much or too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool - typically between the evening and early morning. Seasonally adjust watering times by familiarizing yourself with your irrigation controller, or invest in a smart controller so your system can make these changes automatically.

Tip #3: Maintain your Irrigation system by adjusting sprinkler heads and regularly Inspecting the system for leaks. Leaks are a huge water waster. A good contractor can perform regular maintenance checks for leaks, broken or clogged spray heads, and other problems.

"By following these simple tips, consumers can help themselves as well as the environment," said Tom Del Conte, founder and president of Del Conte Landscaping and Garden Apps, and a 39 year landscaping and irrigation veteran.

Garden Apps, a division of Del Conte Landscaping recently unveiled the Sprinkler Times(tm) an app that is helping homeowners across the United States find the correct number of minutes to set their sprinkler timers for maintaining healthy gardens all year round.

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