Watering your Lawn 101

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Watering your lawn basics.

  • Always use “head-to-head coverage” in your irrigation system.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not wet. This eliminates runoff, and ensures your plants a steady supply of water.
  • Do not water at night – water will sit on the lawn and may cause disease.
  • Water in the early morning – evaporation is minimized and the lawn utilizes the most water.
  • Do not water midday – evaporative loss is at its greatest.
  • Create multiple programs for your irrigation system – this allows you to water most efficiently.
  • Install a rain sensor – it will prevent the system from running during rain.
  • Use drip irrigation in flower beds – it saves substantial amounts of water.
  • Reduce run times for zones in the shade.
  • Allow grass to grow before mowing – this reduces water usage.
  • Practice “grass cycling”- this reduces evaporative water loss from the lawn, while reducing the need for fertilizer.
  • Sharpen your mower blade – sharp blades are easier on the grass and save water.
  • De-thatch your lawn – water will get to the roots faster and evaporate less.
  • Aerate your lawn – it prevents soil compaction and allows water to soak in faster.
  • Keep plants with different watering needs on different zones – trees vs. lawn, etc.
  • Plant native species – native plants do better and need less special care than exotics.
  • Mulch flowerbeds and trees – it reduces evaporation and controls weeds.
  • Know your soil type – the three basic types: sand, loam, and clay require different watering schedules for optimal resultWhat about a facebook page or blog thingy.
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