New developments for irrigation systems, such as built-in emitters in drip irrigation tubing, improve watering efficiency for people willing to make a change. In addition to trying new technology, it's a good idea to inspect irrigation systems regularly to check for problems, according to Roxy Wolosenko, a landscape designer and installer. Clean irrigation system filters at least twice a year, and program timers to water appropriately for the changing seasons, Wolosenko advised.

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