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Old 06-13-2019, 09:34 PM
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if any one has watered using irrigation in the last week (Today is 6/13) , you have over watered. 3 times this week is 3 times too much.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:53 AM
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General rule of thumb (you can then adjust) twice a week for 30 minutes each zone.

Be sure you don't have multiple programs running (A, B, etc.). That is usually the issue when friends ask me why they are using so much water. A zone runs when they think, and the other ones are usually running at night when they don't see them.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:58 AM
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Be sure you don't have multiple programs running (A, B, etc.)
The text on controllers is usually so small that it is easy to miss a "dot" by one of the other programs.

Even a reset (with removal of battery) failed to cancel all of mine, so I had to do it manually.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:33 AM
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OP here, to answer a few questions, we have a corner lot but not large, maybe 8,000 sq ft., with a designer home approx. 2000 sq. ft. Last statement said we used 40,000 gallons. No water running down street and no apparent leaks that I can see. System was checked and all heads function properly and are aimed correctly. System set up to water 3 days per week. I am thinking cut back watering to twice per week. I have already turned the water sensor back on.
Based upon my research for a corner lot, you can cut this to 24,000 gallons for the hottest months. Could go lower if you can tolerate some heat stressed lawn.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:44 AM
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Please note, that if your system has a "solar sync" sensor on your roof, you cannot set permanent specific watering times for your sprinkler heads. You can set watering times, and set the "seasonal adjustment" on 100 percent. But, then the "solar sync" sensor will take control of your system and automatically increase or decrease your watering times by changing the "seasonal adjustment" setting, based on climate conditions. This is very complicated, and the only way to really understand the system is to go on line and download the Hunter controller manual for your specific model. For example, if the solar sync sensor adjusts the seasonal adjustment setting to 50 percent, your watering times will be reduced to half the time that you set them for. I have found that many of the so called sprinkler experts, who adjust the systems, do not understand how these Hunter controllers really function.

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Old 06-14-2019, 06:47 AM
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They have NO,NO,NO, NO"expert" from Superior Services . Read up and learn the system period. if your rain sensor is shutting off to soon change your corks in the roof sensor, they are drying out and probably have fungus and mold on them. they should be changed once a year ( about 7 bucks. central pump in Leesburg is the hunter rep. its not rocket science and needs to be altered regular due to climate change. I cringe this months bill will be due to the 3 weeks with no rain and 95 degree weather. setting these units even with the solar sync and walking away for 3 months doesn't cut it and they need continuous tweaking depending on certain parts of your lawn not doing well assuming that you have the correct heads and coverage. not to mention the heads need frequent maintenance also. furthermore to turn off your rain sensor without troubleshooting it for problems is a bone head move. good luck.
p.s. if you have Zoyia god help you, it is a endless cycle of treatment and correct watering! all these brown spots are either sod worm(moths all over the place) moll crickets. Fungus etc... take your pick when you have brown and dead spots, including over watering and rotting the root system.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:17 AM
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Neighbor #1 corner lot, 'water until it is green' total usage 2018, 186,880 gallons. Highest month September 27,140 gallons. June 2018:13,280, 2017; 19,290. Lawn looks great all the time.


Neighbor #2 corner lot, 'I don't care about cost of water' total usage 2018; 248,950 gallons Highest July 42,370 gallons. June 2018; 13,260; 2017; 19,940. Lawn/yard looks overgrown.

Neighbor #3 corner lot, 'water is expensive' total 2018: 22,820; 2017: 36,920. Highest, October: 5,390. June: 3,560. Off four months a year. Lawn looks horrible except for rainy season.

All lots over 8,000 sq ft, zoysia.
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:30 AM
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I have used Joe Tucker and Jim Baumgardener to repair and check the irrigation system and to fine tune, and would recomment both of them.
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:41 AM
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Water use depends on, how much you water. When it is hot and dry, little rain, you need to water more to keep your grass green.
Obviously, a larger lawn will need more water to cover than a smaller one. Then run time to apply what you have decided is the needed amount of water depends on the heads you have and the water pressure you have.

You can not worry about all the above. Scatter cans around you lawn. Washed cat food, tuna type cans work great and you can easily measure how much water comes out in a known time as well as how evenly your lawn is covered. Once you know the problems, you can find and correct the issue. You could have blocked heads.
Missing heads-they are often hit by mowers or plants blocking the head pattern.

As to cost. We actually have at least two different systems in The Villages. In the north they are using drinking quality water for lawn irrigation. In the southern sections it is reclaimed water that is not purified enough to drink-a separate system al together.
On the reclaimed system those who use more water actually pay more per gallon. Sort of like a graduated tax. Your price per gallon starts at the least expensive rate and as you use up each block, it goes to the next higher rate per gallon. If, you call your water supplier surely they can explain it, better than I, tailored to your particular bill.
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:05 AM
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I have used Joe Tucker and Jim Baumgardener to repair and check the irrigation system and to fine tune, and would recomment both of them.
We use Jim (352-504-2317) and have found him responsive and capable
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