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Irrigation Schedule

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The irrigation schedule on this page is only a starting point and should only serve as a recommendation. For a number of reasons, some outlined below, it is not possible to develop a single schedule which is applicable to all situations. It is best to understand the general principles. Some general principles behind irrigation are as follows:

  • Properly irrigating your plants helps them develop a healthy root system. For plants to develop a healthy root system they need water to be applied at an appropriate depth.
  • Plantings in early development need water more frequently and for shorter periods of ┬átime. Over time, water should be applied less frequently and for longer durations.
  • Applying water too frequently encourages plants to develop a superficial root system.
  • Watering too frequently can also result in the growth of fungus which can damage or kill your plants. The soil near the surface should be given time to dry out between watering.
  • Struggling plants may show visible signs when they are water deprived – wilting, yellowing of leaves, etc.
  • Soil conditions can have a significant impact on the irrigation schedule. For example, rocky soils generally require irrigation to be applied more frequently than clays soil..
  • If your sprinkler system has rotor heads consider doubling your run time for lawn irrigation.
  • The recommended watering schedules for lawns do not include water schedules for transitional seasons.

Below is a suggested watering schedule. We strongly encourage you to closely follow this schedule for the first 30 days.

Spring Irrigation Schedule

Zone

Days 1 – 101 Days 11 – 301 Month 2 – 31 Established2

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Spring (Mar – Apr)

Trees

1x per day

90 min

Every 2nd day

150 min

2x per week

180 min

1x per week

240 min

Citrus

Every 2nd day

90 min

3x per week

120 min

2x per week

150 min

1x per week

180 min

Plants3

1x per day

45 min

1x per day

30 min

3x per week

60 min

3x per week

30 min

Grass

3x per day

10 min

3x per day

8 min

2x per day

10 min

6x per week

15min

Summer Irrigation Schedule

Zone

Days 1 – 101 Days 11 – 301 Month 2 – 31 Established2

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Summer (May – Sep)

Trees

1x per day

90 min

Every 2nd day

150 min

2x per week

180 min

1x per week

200 min

Citrus

Every 2nd day

90 min

3x per week

120 min

2x per week

150 min

1x per week

180 min

Plants3

1x per day

45 min

1x per day

30 min

4x per week

30 min

3x per week

45 min

Grass

3x per day

10 min

3x per day

8 min

2x per day

10 min

6x per week

15min

Fall Irrigation Schedule

Zone

Days 1 – 101 Days 11 – 301 Month 2 – 31 Established2

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Fall (Oct – Nov)

Trees

1x per day

90 min

Every 2nd day

150 min

2x per week

180 min

1x per week

240 min

Citrus

2x per week

90 min

1x per week

150 min

1x per week

120 min

Every 2nd week

180 min

Plants3

1x per day

35 min

1x per day

30 min

4x per week

30 min

3x per week

30 min

Grass

2x per day

10 min

2x per day

8 min

1x per day

6 min

5x per week

12min

Winter Irrigation Schedule

Zone

Days 1 – 101 Days 11 – 301 Month 2 – 31 Established2

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Frequency

Time

Winter (Dec – Feb)

Trees

1x per day

90 min

Every 2nd day

150 min

2x per week

180 min

1x per week

240 min

Citrus

2x per week

90 min

1x per week

150 min

1x per week

120 min

Every 2nd week

180 min

Plants3

Every 2nd day

30 min

Every 2nd day

20 min

2x per week

30 min

1x per week

45 min

Grass4 2x per day5

10 min

2x per day

8 min

1x per day

6 min

5x per week

12min

Irrigation Schedule Notes

  • 1 – Starting from time of installation.
  • 2 – Use the established schedule only after the first summer, post-installation.
  • 3 – Does not include native variety plants (i.e. cacti and ocotillo). We do not install irrigation to cacti and Ocotillo .
  • 4 – Winter rye only. Dormant grasses may not require artificial irrigation in the winter, rain can be adequate.
  • 5 – 3x per day for over-seeded immediately upon installation.

This can be reduced to once a day after a few weeks. The above serves only as a general recommendation.