Here’s how to cycle and soak:
Break up your watering into shorter intervals. For example, if you usually water an area of lawn for about 15 minutes, then don't apply all the water within one 15-minute timeframe.
Watering all at once creates run-off and wasted water your plants won't get to use.
Need help programming the cycle-and soak method? Check the manual, look for a video online that walks you through the steps, or consult a landscape professional to help you troubleshoot your turf issues and properly schedule your sprinkler.
When scheduling your sprinklers, make sure you’re following any watering rules for our area. They can help you establish good habits and not over-water your lawn. For example, most watering rules prohibit watering midday, which is an excellent guideline since you can lose a lot of irrigation water to evaporation during those hours.
Article credit: ALCC (Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado)