Lawns, much like other flora, require care and attention. It is very important that you know when and how to water the lawn. Most people have probably seen a neighbor, or maybe it’s you, who waters the lawn everyday without fail and lets the sprinkler run throughout the night or day. This, however, isn’t the best approach to take when caring for your yard.
How can you tell if it is time to water the lawn?
Grass, like other life-filled entities, show signs that will let you know it is time to turn on your trusty hose.Some signs that may point to a need for liquid refreshment are:
- Grass that has a more bluish green tinge. This is not always the most reliable way to tell however due to the fact that some strains have a bluish green tinge anyways.
- The blades of grass are curling or drying out.
- The grass does not bounce back after it has been walked on.
Having a watering schedule is your best bet for keeping your grass well hydrated.
How much water is enough?
When you water the lawn, it is imperative that you monitor how much water the grass is receiving. For most lawns and amount of ½ to 1 inch is sufficient. It is a good idea to time out the practice so that when it comes time to water your lawn in the future, you will have it down to a science. Measuring the water distribution is not hard; in fact, it is foolishly simple.
- Place containers within the area that you are about to irrigate. Make sure they are each marked with a line that represents where the water level will sit in the container once it is holding 1 inch of liquid.
- Turn on a timer and turn on the sprinkler. The time it takes for your containers to fill to the markings is the time you will need to run the sprinkler in the future.
If you water the lawn in this way, you will use less water in the end. If you pay for water, any reduction in consumption means a reduction to your bill…now who doesn’t like the sound of that?
When to water the lawn…
The very best time of day to water the lawn is in the morning–that means no later than 10a.m. The reason for this is that the later in the day it gets, the more water will become lost through the process of dehydration. All this adds up to the sprinklers running longer and more money out of your pocket.
What if there are slopes?
Sloping areas can be tricky because the water likes to run right down them before it is absorbed. In areas where there will be significant runoff, it is best to water lightly and then revisit the spot a couple times.
It sounds like a lot of work!
Although it seems time consuming there are options for reducing the impact a watering schedule will have on your life. Built in irrigation systems stay in place and are on timers so that your grass gets what it needs and in the proper amount, even if you happen to be on vacation.
Call Reliable Landscaping for a free quote on lawn sprinkler installation today! Call 540-842-7685 or contact us online.