Landscape irrigation uses 50 percent or more of the water provided by many utilities. A poorly maintained irrigation system means that much of this water never reaches its intended source and is lost to runoff, evaporation and deep watering below the root zone. Maintaining irrigation systems is one of the most effective ways to reduce wasted water, reduce pollution from run-off and over-irrigation, and improve plant health by applying the correct amount of water where it can be utilized by the landscape.
At a minimum, a check of the irrigation system should be performed twice seasonally. Once at the beginning of the season, when the system is first turned on and again halfway through the season. Ideally, the system should be checked on a monthly basis.