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How Much Time Should I Set My System to Water For?

The length of time to water is based on three factors:

  1. The depth of soil/root zone

    Only water long enough to refill the soil profile. Watering too long creates run off and waste, leaches nutrients, drowns plants, and pollutes the environment. Not watering long enough results in surface watering, shallow roots, and increased watering frequency. With typical timer based watering schedules, more plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
  2. The type of soil

    Varying soil types absorb and retain moisture differently. The irrigation system should be programmed to apply water based on the soil type in order to minimize run off and maximize absorption. It is also important to understand the ability of plants to draw water from the soil type of soil. For example, heavy clay soils are capable of retaining a significant amount of moisture but it is very difficult for plants to access that water. As the soil dries, there is more energy binding the water to the clay than the plants are capable of accessing.
  3. The type of irrigation

    In irrigation scheduling, it is extremely important to know how quickly the irrigation system is applying water - The Preciptation Rate. The irrigation should be scheduled to apply water in a way that matches the infiltration rate of the soil. For example, Spray Head Sprinklers typically apply water faster than the infiltration rate of most soils. The irrigation should be programmed to ""cycle and soak"" (2 or 3 short cycles with a soak period between cycles) to ensure the water being applied is absorbed.

Run Time = Root Depth + Soil Type + Precipitation Rate

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