The monsoon season is just around the corner, and the moisture these summer storms bring can make a big impact on your yard’s irrigation needs.
First of all, make sure you’re setting your controller to take advantage of the extra moisture. Generally, during monsoon season, you can reduce your summer runtimes by about 20%. This is because there is quite a bit of humidity in the air that plants are able to take in. Then, immediately following each monsoon rain, you can more than likely skip an entire irrigation cycle since Mother Nature already applied it for you. However, if you feel your plants need an extra kick (or drink of water) for summer, leave the system on for the first storm.
If you want to take even more advantage of the summer rains, look into Rain Barrels. These will collect rainfall from roof tops and gutters, which you can then redistribute throughout your landscape.