Samples of Irrigation Schedules

Many homeowners request irrigation schedules to help them program their traditional controllers. Any schedule provided needs to be adjusted based on the type of watering device, soil, slope and plants.

The tables below are samples of controller settings that may be successful in the Santa Clarita Valley. These tables assume that your irrigation system works efficiently, and that you have resolved any common irrigation issues.

Keep in mind that with the clay soil that is prevalent in the City of Prescott, "cycling and soaking," turning the controller on for a recommended number of minutes several times an hour apart, results in deeper watering and a healthier root system.

Sample Controller Settings - City of Prescott

Turf Grass (Pop-up Spray)
  Spring Summer Fall Winter
Days per Week 2 4 2

Only

If

Needed

Start Times per Day 2 2 2
Minutes per Station 5 5 5
Total Minutes per Day 10 10 10
Total Minutes per Week 20* 40** 20***

*In the Spring, you can water at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. for five minutes three times a week.
** In the Summer, you can water at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. for five minutes four times a week.
***In the Fall, you can water at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. for five minutes twice a week.

Sample Controller Settings - City of Prescott

Shrubs (Pop-up Spray)
  Spring Summer Fall Winter
Days per Week 2 3 1

Only

If

Needed

Start Times per Day 2 2 2
Minutes per Station 3 3 3
Total Minutes per Day 6 6 6
Total Minutes per Week 12 18 6

 

Sample Controller Settings - City of Prescott

Drip (Moderate Water Use Plants)
  Spring Summer Fall Winter
Days per Week 1 1 1

Only

If

Needed

Start Times per Day 1 1 1
Minutes per Station 180 240 180
Total Minutes per Day 180 240 180
Total Minutes per Week 180 240 180

A drip system can run during the middle of the day so you can check that emitters are working and see that the ground is wet. However, 6 a.m. is an ideal time for a drip system to turn on so you can perform an early morning check-up on its functionality.