For some people, their lawn is the pride and joy of their home landscaping. For others, it is just the greenery that connects the garden and the flower beds and the water feature and the outdoor living space. Either way, you don’t want it turning brown and hard and withering in the hot (Maryland) weather. Knowing how to water it correctly is the first step this pivotal part of lawn maintenance can also be a real chore, so it is equally important to finding a way to keep the lawn watered as efficiently and easily as possible.
Goal Of Watering
The goal when watering your lawn is a healthy, lush lawn with strong, deep roots. To achieve this, you have to water deeply, since frequent, shallow watering results in shallow roots. Also keep in mind, grass needs about an inch of water per week between rain and watering.
If you’re envisioning walking your lawn with a watering can, that’s not what we mean. Hand watering refers to using a hose with a wand or nozzle attachment to water the lawn. While this is more efficient than a watering can, it’s still not the best way to water your lawn. It is very difficult to know when you’ve adequately watered the whole lawn using this method. It is a good way to water small areas, like flowers or new grass seed in bald patches, but it is not great for large lawns.
There are many different types of sprinklers to choose from when you’re looking for one, including oscillating, impact, stationary, and traveling. Oscillating sprinklers fan back and forth, while impact sprinklers shoot pulses of water in a circle. Stationary sprinklers stay in one place and do the same pattern while traveling sprinklers move around on their own. Be sure to investigate all the options to find one that fits your needs.
Irrigation systems are the most efficient means for watering a lawn but they are also the most expensive by far. There is no work on your end to do the actual watering but there is seasonal maintenance and upkeep that you have to do. This is a good option if you have a large budget and don’t want to have to think about your lawn watering schedule.
Finally, drip irrigation is another option that is good for plants but not lawns. The water oozes out of holes in a hose so that it slowly wets a specific place. It is a good choice for watering plants in water-scarce areas but not an efficient means to water a whole lawn.
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