Time to Dial it Back

You need to dial it back, folks. Think about that for a second. Now that you’ve done a thorough soul searching, lighten up! I’m just talking about your landscape watering. That other stuff that came up is between you and your therapist.

With cooler weather, your plants need less water. How much? Since I have no idea what plants you have, it’s hard to say. But there’s a great landscape watering guide at www.wateruseitwisely.com. I suggest you refer to it and not rely on the guy who can barely keep cacti alive.

And now that you can bear to be outside for more than a few seconds without combusting, it’s time to check your drip lines. Landscape tubing is notorious for developing small (and large) leaks.

The good news: Most repairs are easy. Run each cycle of your system on “manual” for a few minutes, and check each plant. Also look for unusual wet and/or soft spots. These can be a sign of a leak in the larger, buried tubing.

The bad news: That black tubing has a tendency to degrade after about a decade, especially if your water pressure is high.

After a couple of years constantly chasing little leaks, I bit the bullet and replaced everything. The materials are pretty cheap but the labor is long and hard. If you’re not up for that kind of thing, it’s worth jobbing it out to a landscaper. Just make sure they bury the primary, larger tubing at least six inches under the dirt (not just under the rocks).

If you really want to dial it back, consider xeriscape designs, which use little or no water, and stay away from non-native plants that are perennially thirsty. And talk with your landscaper to see if you can shut off water completely to mature trees.


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Chris Prickett

Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the last 10 years. He has been a columnist for 13 years. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.


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Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the last 10 years. He has been a columnist for 13 years. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.

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