Each year at start-up, take a close look at your irrigation system--you could be losing water and not even know it. Check out the potential problems below to see if your system could use some fine-tuning.
Symptoms of Poor Maintenance
Problems With Sprinkler Heads and Valves
Symptoms of Low Water Pressure
Symptoms of High Water Pressure
Let's say your system checks out okay, but you still want to save some dough. Consider installing a separate water meter for your yard. Though this may cost a few hundred bucks, we promise you'll recoup the cost in one season. Most folks who do so say their bill is almost half of what it was, because water used for exterior purposes is charged at a lower rate. Don't have an irrigation system? No problem; this meter can work on hose bibs too.
"Irrigation Checklist" is from the April 2008 issue of Southern Living.