Golfers with a bad swing may often try to fix it not by getting at the source, but by making a wrong adjustment to the original problem. A golfer who slices the ball may turn the clubface in to compensate instead of adjusting his swing.

The same could be said for irrigation water management long after the contractors have left. Projects will often require some form of manipulation, such as resetting of budgets, reducing the irrigated area, changing planting type, reducing the imported soil depth and reducing sprinkler heads and relying purely on the manufacturer…