Sometimes it is hard for homeowners to determine if their drip irrigation is working. One common mistake is looking at the surface of the mulch or rock and panicking because there isn’t any sign of water. It is very easy to over water and drown plants, too much water can be just as deadly as too little water. It is best to leave the clock set for a watering time determined by either the landscaper or the irrigation technician. If the plants seem like they are not getting enough water follow these steps to see if the system is working.
1. Let the system run and then go outside after it is finished.
2 Pull back the mulch, or rock near the plant. Preferably a 1′ by 1′ area.
3. Using a spade or your hand, dig down a couple inches in the dirt in several areas. Is the dirt moist? If so it is working, remember there shouldn’t be standing water around the plant because you may be over watering the plant.
4. If the ground is hard or completely dry then your drip might not be working. There could be several reasons for this and it is best to call an irrigation professional to examine your drip irrigation.
5. If it is moist but you feel it isn’t getting enough water, it is best to call a landscaper or irrigation specialist and let them determine how much extra water you need.