Irrigation systems should be inspected every season for problems and reviewed for water usage efficiencies. When irrigation systems are initially installed, they are setup to cover plants, trees, etc. and these planting situations can change over time, especially with large shrubs or trees which may no longer need an irrigation system or need as much water as they mature in size and age. For example, trees may have grown over time and are now shading areas that were once exposed to direct sunlight. This growth development may eliminate the need for an irrigation system or may allow for a reduction in water usage.
Irrigation systems may not seem like a large expenditure, but a typical system can use thousands of gallons in a season. This is definitely a topic for the landscaping committee to investigate with the lawn maintenance contractor for specific guidance.
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