We had a record winter of snowfall and moisture accumulation in the Treasure Valley, so now what do we do?
TURN ON THE SPRINKLERS.
Some recent “sprinkler experiences” reminded me of how important this outdoor chore is in the springtime. First case in point, we had a client ready to sell a 5-year-old home. The buyer had an inspection and next thing we knew, bad siding appeared on the repair list. The cause of this extremely expensive ordeal was the consistent spraying from the sprinklers on the side of the home behind some bushes. The siding was a wood/fiber product, and it absorbed and rotted in place.
The first way to prevent water in unwanted places is to ensure any flower beds surrounding the home have a wide enough space between them and the home to allow you to walk behind any plants. You may also seriously consider using a drip line to water your plants, rather than individual sprinklers. This will send water down into the soil rather than into the air and onto your home. Sprinklers set too close to the home can also be a primary source of water getting into your crawlspace.
The next thing to do is ensure you have the correct spray heads on your sprinklers and that the coverage is set according to the space it should be watering. This is certainly not a one-sprinkler-fits-all situation. You will want to walk your yard each season with the sprinklers on to check these, and adjust or replace any that aren’t doing their job correctly. The amount of water used when watering your yard is essential to landscape growing success, whether you’re using metered water or pressurized irrigation.