These cooler temperatures and shorter days alleviate some of the stress on landscapes. This makes it an ideal time to prepare lawns for next year. “As the season moves toward winter, keep adding days between irrigations,” explains Julie Breckenridge, water conservation manager of Washington County Water Conservancy District. “This will encourage the roots to grow deep, which allows lawns to survive the extreme environmental stresses typical of our climate. Developing a healthy lawn now will bring a better, easier to manage lawn next summer.”
Breckenridge cautions, “Remember the amount of time always remains the same each time you water. It is the frequency of irrigations that changes with the seasons.” Some controllers have a budget option, which decreases the amount of time but not the frequency. It is better to not use this option on the controller and manually make adjustments to the frequency.