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is a good
word for automatic sprinkler systems.
If you have one you can't just turn it on in the spring then forget it
till the fall. Should be adjusted during the season dependent on the
amount of rain.
On one large
sun-exposed lawn I maintain the system was on for only about a week
during the season of 2008!
they can end up causing more harm than good.
plants (grass included) need periods of "stress."
with a constant supply of water root growth stops (no need to
explore) resulting in an
unbalance between top
growth and roots
when they target the tree leaves they encourage fungi and disease, can
overstimulate plants to encourage pests, an exponential increase for
with proper design a garden should need little or no supplemental
improper installation/adjustments/monitoring is a misuse of resources
(as the word conservation creeps into our consciousness)
exposed (sun baked) lawn areas are the exception if they are to stay
green in the summer but a system should be monitored (turned off and on
depending on the weather) throughout the season.
dragging hoses around, setting up temporary sprinklers, soil
soakers can be a project.