Watering Know-how for a Proper Lawn
Ahh yes- as your gaze sweeps the expanse of the ever lush, green scape rolling out before you…a pause. You’ve conquered. You are victorious. You clearly, have embraced techniques to properly hydrate your oh so needy lawn! Way to go champ! However, it hasn’t always been this way. Let’s unpack some helpful information that will allow you to fine tune your lawn watering skills.
Would you like in on a little secret? To maintain a healthy, robust lawn that features a genuine shade of green that would be comparable to any on an Irish hillside– irrigate deeper and less frequently. This encourages grass roots to grow deep and in turn you have a low maintenance appeal. On average, your lawn should consume 1-1.5 inches of H20 per week which is typically done in 2 applications. There are many factors that contribute to this amount including: soil type, sunlight, grass type, and climate.
There are many irrigation options available to you in order to achieve your proper lawn watering objective, see below:
- Hose-end sprinkler: Traditional, rectangular pattern used for small-to-medium lawns.
- In-ground sprinkler: Featuring low-volume, low-angle heads to apply water efficiently. Adjust and angle the heads for delivery as close as possible to the surface of your grass. This will minimize water loss due to evaporation.
- Rotary nozzle AKA Stream sprays/rotators: Delivery in this system is slow and even. The rotary nozzle is preferred for slopes- or anywhere you desire a deliberate and steady flow of water. *Pressure issues? No worries, this system has been designed for low pressure usage- great for homeowners who exhibit this as a valid concern*
Time to trek your turf! Determining your soil type will make all of your time and effort worth it. For example, during watering, do you notice any pooling? Any puddles swelling about? If so, your soil most likely has high clay content which will not absorb water quickly. The solution is simply short, repeated watering cycles. One great thing about clay soil however, is the fact that it retains water much longer than sandy soil which presents itself as needing more attention by way of frequent watering. In cases of newly installed sod, watering daily is critical until the first cut. You can test your sod by merely walking on it to see if it is soft and your footprints should be deep.
The tranquility of the dewy morning is the best time to quench your lawn’s thirst. It is cool and calm; humidity is high and evaporation is low. This will help ensure your grass is mostly dry by the close of the day. This is an important factor in warding off disease and insects.
Equipped with the necessary components to fine tune those lawn watering skills, you have won half the battle. Congratulations friend! You are on your way to successful first hand maintenance of your gorgeous lawn.