Watering your lawn is something that you shouldn’t put off. Think about how hot you feel whenever you step outside in the summer. Chances are good that the grass and sod under your feet are feeling the heat just as much. A smartly-watered lawn looks great, helps boost your curb appeal, and also helps ensure that your landscape survives the latest heatwave that July and August can bring with them. Just follow these tips!
Take Your Time
First of all, don’t hesitate to take your time. Watering your lawn correctly takes patience, caution, and restraint. Most importantly, you’ve got to know when to water the lawn. If it looks dull green or is tinged with grey, then that means your lawn is thirsty. Also, try walking on it; if your footprints linger, it’s due to how the blades are in need of a drink. Try to water in the mornings, before 10 am. It’s cooler outside and there is less wind to disperse the water. In the evening, aim for between 4 pm and 6 pm. You don’t always have to water your lawn, but this is an essential step in keeping it lush and healthy.
Make Sure You’ve Done Enough
Now that you’ve listened to that advice, let’s move along. The next step is to ensure that you’ve watered enough. Too much water is just as bad as too little. Most lawns need an inch to an inch and a half per week. This can come from rainfall or manual watering. Either way, make sure you’re not overdoing it when you go to water your yard.
Think About the Type of Lawn You Have
After you’ve taken watering levels into consideration, think about the type of lawn that you have around your home. If your lawn is less than a year old, then you have some work to do. Nature can only do so much, after all. Tall fescue features a deep root system that allows it to withstand drought-like conditions the best – at least when it comes to cool-season grasses. Your lawn could have a mix of grasses instead – let’s say you have one that includes Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescues. This type of lawn will hibernate during the drought but will quickly revitalize when there is rain again.
Consider Various Watering Methods
Finally, you’ve got to bear in mind just how you plan on watering your lawn. Pulsating sprinklers or water guzzlers eject water horizontally fast enough that the wind can’t interfere. Hose-end sprinklers are fantastic for small or medium-sized lawns. In-ground sprinklers are the most efficient as long as you choose ones that are low to the ground. You could also invest in smart watering systems that you can control via your smartphone and can be automated to follow weather forecasts in real-time.
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