3 Reasons to Reduce Your Irrigation System Usage NOW

Ben Collinsworth

You probably felt like you couldn’t run your irrigation system enough this summer to keep up with the heat and drought conditions.

However, there comes a time when you should reduce your water usage — and that time is now. Not only will limiting your irrigation time save money and resources, but it will also keep your turf healthy and reduce damage.

Here are three reasons to cut back on your irrigation system usage.

1. No Drought Conditions

Sprinkler Systems in Austin TexasGone are the days of extreme heat and drought conditions. Now instead of water restrictions, we are dealing with large amounts of rainfall and dropping temperatures across Texas.

With more water naturally available, you need to cut down on your irrigation system usage. Plus, your property doesn’t need a lot of water this time of year.

Many types of grasses go dormant during the winter, so you don’t want to encourage them to start growing again right now.

Having too much water on your property can also lead to soil erosion and overflowing retention ponds.

2. Prevent Disease and Damage

Having excessive water on your property this time of year can also lead to a variety of turf diseases, fungus and pests that can damage your property’s appearance and health.

Fungi only grow where there’s moisture, which can be caused from wet weather, bad drainage or overwatering. Here are some signs you have fungus on your property:

  •      White, cottony growth
  •      Small, dormant structures
  •      Rotted or sickly looking turf
  •      Spotted, yellow or wilted blades of grass
  •      Thinning or brown patches of grass
  •      Powdery mildew

Invasive pests are attracted to unhealthy plants, so make sure you don’t stress the turf and other foliage with too much water this time of year.

3. Avoid Broken Pipes

frost on grassYou’ll want to shut off your irrigation system completely before the first hard freeze hits. If you don’t, you could end up with frozen, broken pipes, along with flooding on your site.

You should also shut off any valves and have a professional inspect the system to make sure everything is working correctly.

How To Start Reducing Your Irrigation Usage Now

You have plenty of good reasons to cut back on your property’s water usage, from preventing system damage to turf fungus.

So when you’re ready to enhance your commercial property and reduce your water usage, find an experienced landscaping company to meet your needs.

Leaf with water drops on itNative Land Design understands the importance of saving water and offers irrigation and water management services for commercial properties. We install everything from smart controllers and rain sensors to drip irrigation systems.

Our team will maintain your site’s sustainability, while also lowering utility costs and water usage. We will make sure your irrigation system is working properly and only running when it should.

Native Land Design is a commercial maintenance landscape company located in Houston, Austin and McAllen that offers a full list of services like landscape design, construction, enhancements, maintenance and irrigation.

Contact Native Land Design to see how we can reduce your irrigation system usage now.


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Ben Collinsworth


Before Ben founded Native Land Design in 2001, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He’s an active member of ASLA, HBA of Austin, NHBA, PLANET, and BOMA. Ben, his wife and their three children reside in the Cedar Park area.

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