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Sunday, May 1st 2011, 7:48am

EZ Flo run times

I'm still learning the in and out of a EZ Flo.

I have here about 10 inches of loam soil and under that wonderful solid clay. Most of the yards are in full sun. I also have one would call a postage stamp for sq. Ft.

So what is the best way to run this system. A few minutes everyday. Splitting the one inch per week rule twice a week. Or one solid watering once a week?

Right now I split method with the injector at minimum. Just wondering if I'm over doing it and wasting materials such as the fertilizer and bio stimulant.


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Location: Seattle


Monday, May 2nd 2011, 1:06am

I recommend an irrigation company to come in and audit your system

Generally for a homeowner it's best to keep your system simple
1 Program with only 1 start time

With that being said- Where i live a very general watering schedule is during the Months of May and June- an every 3-4 watering day interval and during the months of July and August - an every 2-3 day watering interval.

This of course depends on Hyrdozones and the Micro climates around your house ( Plant type, Soil type, Shade, sun)

It is generally better to water deeper, less often. The down fall to this is possibly run off from over watering . The idea is to split it up into a Cycle and Soak Method

For example- If a 4 zone system with 10 minutes of run time ran 3 times a week
I would split this up 2 or 3 times, instead of a full 10 mintues of run time- I would split it 3 times to a 3 ( or 4) minute run time over a 1 hour total run time

The down fall to this is if your zones are on a slope and don't have SAM heads installed this can cause extra run off.

An example programming if you want to get nice and detailed

Program A-

Zone 1 and 2 only

Run time 3-4 Mintues

Full Sun Zones and high priority front yard ( Because after all the whole point of a sprinkler system is to show off to your neighbors)

Start Time 1-6 AM
Start Time 2 -6:30 AM
Start Time 3- 7 AM

2 day water interval

Program B

Zones 3 and 4

Run time 4-5 min

3 day watering interval

Shade Zones and low priority zones

Start time 1 - 6AM
Start time 2 - 6:30 AM
Start time 3 - 7AM

Your controller SHOULD have stackable programming..
Programming can and should go even more in depth for properly watering

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