Not only does a healthy green lawn
add to your property's charm, it can add thousands to the value of
A rich green lawn is the
canvas that the rest of your property is painted on!
Although some people would
prefer to have the "green" remain in their pocket and don't water at all. Most
people insist that their lawn
appear presentable and regard lawn irrigation equally as important as
watering any other plant life on their property.
You should consider
watering your lawn when:
-The grass appears dull.
-The grass blades have
started to wilt and are exposing the more colorless
underside of the grass blade.
-After walking on the
lawn, the grass blades don’t spring right back up.
Don’t be in too much of a rush to water your lawn, sometimes allowing it to
be somewhat stressed by drought will actually increase the depths of the
Freshly seeded and newly sodded lawns need to
remain damp until the grass roots are firmly in the soil. Normal lawn
watering rules do not apply here.
You'll minimize evaporation by
irrigating early in the morning when the wind is calm and the sun is low in
the sky. Another way to reduce water loss through evaporation is to employ a
sprinkler that applies large drops close to the ground, rather than one that
sprays a lighter spray or mist high in the air.
Watering late in the
evening is not generally suggested because cool temps and sitting water can
attract disease to the lawn.
An empty tuna can with straight-up
sides helps you to measure the amount of water you have applied to your lawn
- remember to empty it before you start.
Watering deep will advance
deep root growth and will make the grass healthier and more drought
resistant. Apply a single deep watering of 1 inch once every seven to ten
days rather than several light waterings.
Light watering makes lawns
more sensitive to drought and soil compression and promotes shallow grass
your weekly irrigation whenever you have received a good rain in the last
few days. Keeping a measuring device on the lawn will help you avoid
guessing the amount of water it’s getting from Mother Nature.
Discontinue watering on gradients or dry compressed soil once runoff takes
place. Water these types of areas at a more gradual rate to avoid wasting
water. Cycling the water on and off during the same morning will get the
water down deep without inefficient runoff.
Resolve if you're going
to keep the lawn green at any expense or allow it go dormant and brown
during dry periods. You should make this determination in the spring. Don’t
allow the grass to become totally brown and then attempt to green it back up
with plenty of water, only to allow it to become dormant once again. This
type of watering technique will use up the nutrient reserves from the grass
watering makes plants prone to pests and adds to storm water runoff, it also
depletes the water supply during months that water is at a premium in most
Respect lawn watering restrictions so that everyone gets a
chance to keep their lawn happy, healthy and green.