Did you run through the sprinklers as a child? When school was out for the summer, could you be found playing outside? Think back and remember the feel of the green grass beneath your feet, water hitting your skin and cooling you down on hot summer days. Now you’re a parent and your children are out of school for the summer—go outside and show them just how fun it is to run through the sprinklers!
Both children and adults should take advantage of sprinkler water on hot summer days, but the key to water-related fun in the sun is to do it wisely. Here are some ways to have fun playing in your lawn sprinklers in Burlington County, NJ while still conserving water:
- Use a single sprinkler: Many parents these days didn’t grow up with automatic sprinkler systems to play in. They had a single removable sprinkler head that attached to the garden hose. Get back to your roots this summer! Keep your sprinkler system turned off at playtime—pull out the hose and use a single sprinkler unit. This allows for fun in the water without gallons of water being wasted in a short amount of time.
- Play when the lawn and plants need water: Before changing the kids into their swimsuits and heading out to the lawn for some sprinkler fun, see if any part of your yard or landscaping needs watering. This way, the water has good reason to be on and will not go to waste. You and your kids can play in the sprinklers while the brown patches of grass slowly revive under your feet.
- Move potted plants to play areas: Another thing you can do to ensure that the sprinkler water used for summer play doesn’t go to waste is to move potted plants into the water play area of the lawn. Whether you turn on the sprinkler system or use a single sprinkler head, some of the water spraying out will make its way to the potted plants. This kills two birds with one stone: supervising the kids during outdoor playtime and checking off some plant watering duties.
- Set a timer: An easy way to conserve water is to set a timer. If you’re using an automatic sprinkler system, set the timer to shut off the sprinklers every five to 10 minutes for a few minutes to give the water a chance to absorb into the soil. On the other hand, if you’re using a sprinkler head and hose, set a timer on your phone for every five to 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, move the sprinkler to another area of the lawn, like a dry patch.
- Avoid midday water play: No matter which type of sprinkler you’re using, avoid water play during the middle of the day. The hours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. are considered the most wasteful time to water, as the water evaporates quickly and the combination of water, heat and sunlight can actually burn plants and grass.
If you need sprinkler service this summer, call Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. We are your go-to local water sprinkler company in Burlington County, NJ!