LAWN WATERING TIPS, TECHNIQUES AND ADVICE:
Lawn Watering Techniques
Look for early signs of wilt and dehydration to determine when your lawn needs water. Common indicators include a bluish-green color, curling grass blades and footprints that remain on the lawn.
Most lawns require about an inch of water per week. If you’re unsure of how long to water, put a mark one inch from the bottom of several plastic containers and spread them around the watering zone. Clock the time it takes to reach the one-inch mark and water for that length of time in the future.
Water may be applied any time of day, but morning is usually the most efficient time for watering your lawn because that is when the least amount of water is lost to evaporation and wind drift.
Lawn Watering Methods - Sprinklers and Irrigation Systems
Portable sprinklers are a fairly inexpensive way to water your lawn. Because sprinklers vary in their range and distribution methods, choose one based on the size and shape of your landscape watering zone.
Stationary sprinklers are best used in small areas that other sprinklers miss or that need supplemental water.
Impact and rotary sprinklers are meant to water circular-shaped watering zones on medium to large lawns.
Oscillating sprinklers move a fan of water over a large, rectangular area, while revolving sprinklers shoot jets of water in a circular pattern in smaller areas.
If you want to maximize efficiency, consider installing an irrigation system. These are controlled by a timer, eliminating the need for you to interrupt your schedule in order to water your lawn.
Irrigation systems also help conserve water and are ideal for vacation homes or for the homeowner who travels often.
Water Conservation and Droughts
Always follow any lawn watering restrictions in your area during a drought. A drought can be tough on your landscape as well as the environment, causing extensive damage to land and livelihoods. Since droughts affect everyone equally, it is crucial that we respect our environment by making an effort to conserve water.
Prevent runoff and waste by closely monitoring your lawn watering and direct sprinklers away from sidewalks and streets.
During short droughts, if the grass is still growing, mow on the high side to help shade the roots and water less frequently, but long enough to encourage a strong, deep root system.
Watering your lawn just a little bit can cause Grassy Weeds to grow.
If you live in a region prone to drought, reconsider your landscape by grouping plants and shrubs with similar water requirements to prevent wasting water and also by planting drought-tolerant and pest-resistant species of grass, trees and shrubs.
Flooding, Mushrooms and Moss
Heavy rains or flooding can be harmful to your lawn. If the lawn is underwater for less than four days, the temperature is below 60 degrees and no erosion takes place, then chances are high that the lawn will survive.
Remove all debris, silt and mud deposited on the lawn after a storm. In cases of a hurricane, salt water presents a danger. If either salt water or oil has contaminated the soil, be sure to flush the lawn with water until you’re confident the root system is free from contaminants.
If you’re having frequent flooding problems, fill in any low spots or depressions in your lawn and grade slopes so water drains away from the house and its foundation. If you’re still having drainage problems, consider installing a drain tile.
Lots of wet weather often causes the growth of mushrooms, which work to break down old organic matter in the soil. Mushrooms are not harmful, so you can mow them down if you like.
However, if mushrooms grow in a circle, with a center of dark green grass, it is called a Fairy Ring. This can be harmful to your lawn, as the grass within the Fairy Ring may die as they both compete for water.
Moss and algae are caused by poor drainage or too much shade. Moss may be controlled by raking, but Your Local Lawn Doctor can help you treat these two conditions as well. Ultimately, these problems will continue until the drainage or shade issues are addressed.
Decorative Water Features
To enjoy your yard to the fullest, consider adding a decorative water feature. Fountains, ponds, and waterfalls are a wonderful way to add a focal point and dimensionality to your yard.
You can create a pond kit yourself or call a professional landscaping company to assist with the project. You can add lights, decorative stones or yard art as well as waterfalls or tiered pools to create a flowing water effect.