July 12 2019 01:19 PM

July is Smart Irrigation Month, and there’s no better time to get the word out about the efforts you’re making to help your clients understand the importance of efficient water use.

I hear it all the time from irrigation contractors all over the country: “People tend to overwater.” Even with all the certified irrigation specialists out there and all the educational tools that are available about how to irrigate responsibly, the message is still not getting through to everyone.

It’s a tough position to be in. You want tokeep your clients’ grass looking green; they expect it. But how much water is too much? And then there are the homeowners who decide to water their own lawns and just don’t know any better.

You can start by planting an appropriate grass for the climate and soil in your area. More drought-tolerant varieties are coming out every day. Smart irrigation controllers will also take the guesswork out.

More watering restrictions are taking affect across the country, so learning how to keep things green with less water is becoming more of a necessity.

Many municipalities have begun offering free water audits in an effort to educate property owners, but there’s still a long way to go. People continue to use much more water than is necessary to keep their lawns and landscapes healthy and thriving. How can we change this thinking?

It starts with you, the expert. July is Smart Irrigation Month, and there’s no better time to get the word out about the efforts you’re making to help your clients understand the importance of efficient water use. It will go a long way toward building your reputation as a responsible irrigation provider and will also inspire other homeowners and service providers to do the same.

We all need water for drinking, cooking, showering and recreation, and we all want to enjoy pretty landscapes as well.

I wonder if the day will ever come when we’re no longer bombarded with stories about colleges, corporations and communities implementing smart irrigation practices because it will just be the norm. We’ll simply call it “irrigation.”

As a contractor, it’s important to keep up with the latest irrigation technologies. Not only will your clients appreciate the savings such technology will provide them over the long run, but you’ll be ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty that irrigation helps create.