Taking quality care of your landscape is fulfilling yet it can also be quite daunting – especially when you have to be consistent in maintaining your garden’s aesthetic appeal. While it enables you to be creative in a number of ways, you have to know all the facets of effective gardening. For example, you need to know what types of seeds to plant, how much water to use, choosing the right grass, etc.
There are a variety of factors that play a significant role in keeping your lawn fresh and beautiful. And the most important once is how you water it. Believe it or not, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Depending on the climate of the region, the condition (acidity) of the soil and the type of grass, one should make a proper garden-watering schedule. When it comes to garden maintenance, especially in summer, there is nothing more important than to understand all the right watering tips you can implement.
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1. Avoid Over-Watering
Source: Lone Star Sprinkler Systems
Most people end up giving their lawns about twice as much water as the required level. This causes the grass to develop narrow and short roots. Plus, too much water also makes the grass less drought tolerant. Leaving the sprinklers on for a very long time not only affects the grass, but also the soil. In addition, mature grass does not require a lot of water compare to when it is growing.
As the depth of a healthy grass root system is about 6 inches, you must water your lawn long enough for the water to reach such a depth. You can make this job close to precise by lifting up the sod with a shovel. To avoid using a shovel every time you water, time exactly how long it takes for the water to moisten the soil at such a depth.
2. Water at the Right Time
There are certain times you must water your lawn for added effectiveness. For example, watering it on dry or mildly humid weather is best. Avoid watering your lawn in windy weather; you will not be able to efficiently sprinkle the required amount of water. Moreover, windy weather causes the water to evaporate much faster than usual and less water is soaked by the soil and plants.
The best time to water your lawn is in the morning. This is because there isn’t as much blowing that could evaporate the water. According to experts, 6 am to 10 am is the perfect time for watering the lawn. You must ensure you never spray at night as this causes the droplets to cling to the narrow leaves of the grass, which can be harmful for the grass.
3. Use the Right Sprinklers
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You can reduce half your burden by investing in a built-in sprinkling system in your landscape. As with the right amount of water and for the required amount of time, you can easily and effectively water your plant. However, if you do not have any built-in system, you must get a sprinkler separately.
There are two types of sprinklers you can opt for, namely pulsating sprinkler and oscillating sprinkler. They are supposed to be used in different situations. Therefore, you must know which type would be suitable for your lawn.
Pulsating sprinklers are usually used in lawns where the grass has already reached its maturity and is stiff. It shoots the water horizontally. Such sprinklers, if used on grass that is in its growing stage, can wash away the seeds. However, oscillating sprinklers are best for new grass. The pressure is not too high to damage the seeds and the water lands softly over the grass.
4. Check the Nozzles and the Sprinkling System
Extreme temperatures can have quite a bad affect on your spraying system. Therefore, you must thoroughly inspect your system and look for any broken, cracked and clogged sprinkler heads. It is strongly recommended that you call in a professional for a more thorough inspection.
You must not ignore even the most minor of leakages as that too could cause an intense amount of water wastage. If there is any area in your lawn that stays wetter than the rest of the lawn, you must look for leakages or call an irrigation expert.
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