There is not much Phoenicians love more than an immaculately maintained lawn and a beautiful yard. Unfortunately, keeping non-native plants alive in the desert is no easy task. They have to be taken care of carefully. Most importantly, they need to be water copiously. Unless you have time to sit out in the yard with your hose for several hours a day, this means you are going to need to install a sprinkler or drip system.
Benefits of a Sprinkler System
Landscaping and maintaining a garden or lawn is no easy task, especially if you have a diverse range of plant life. Your lawn needs a different amount of water than your herb garden which has different watering needs than your tomato plants. Using a sprinkler system can turn this overwhelm task into something you never need to think twice about. A carefully zoned sprinkler system running off of a set of timers can handle the monotonous task of watering all on its own.
However, as easy as sprinkler and drips systems can make your life, they do require occasional maintenance. Leaks from individual sprinkler heads are not uncommon. If you see a sprinkler head leaking water for a few minutes after a system turns off, there may be nothing to worry about. Individual heads fill with water and drain individuals. This process takes time to finish after the watering system has been shut off. However, if they continue to leak after 15-20 minutes, the solenoid valve controlling that section of the system may be faulty.
Additionally, if your sprinkler system is behaving in a curious manner, if it is turning off early or activating late, there may be a problem with the wiring. You can perform a continuity test using an electrical tester to quickly diagnose the problem and address it.