At Lundholm Landscaping, we pride ourselves on superior knowledge in all things landscaping. Since not everyone can afford a professional, I decided to offer up a few vital nuggets of information. If you have been reading my blogs on “10 Tips to a Perfect Lawn” and following my advice, you are well on your way to having a perfect lawn. We have learned how to thatch and aerate, then how to cut grass, today we learn all about watering our lawns.
Watering is not only important to establishing a perfect lawn, but essential to maintaining a healthy, perfect lawn. Today we will learn why to water, how to water, when to water and how much water to apply.
Lawns need water to complete the photosynthesis process. Too much water will result in drowning the roots or causing fungus. Not enough water causes grass to dry out and go into dormancy or die altogether, in extreme circumstances. In an ideal situation, water hits grass blades, works its way into the soil, cascades over the root system then eventually purculates back into the ground.
Whether you have in-ground sprinklers or use a standard lawn sprinkler supplied by a garden hose, the following tips apply. Lawns thrive when 1 inch of water is applied each week. The most effective way to measure 1 inch of water is by doing the following process…
Gather a series of empty tuna fish cans or empty pie tins(both measure 1 inch in depth). Spread the empty containers throughout your lawn. Turn on your sprinkler(s) and record how long it takes to fill the containers. Divide this time by 3. I recommend watering your lawn 3 days per week and avoid watering every day. A deep watering every third day is much more effective as this allows water to seep deep into your soil. On the non watering days, the roots of grass plants sense there is water deeper in the soil. The roots will actually grow deeper into the soil to find this water. Deeper roots equal a healthier lawn.
In-ground sprinerkler systems will require the above practice for each zone. While watering, keep a close eye on watering conditions and be sure that every inch of your lawn is being effectively watered. If dry spots, or extremely wet spots are noticed, make appropriate adjustments.
Always water early in the morning, preferably just before sunrise. Early morning watering allows water to slowly saturate the soil before evaporation can occur. Some circumstances, however, do not permit early morning watering. If this is the case and watering is only possible later in the day, always avoid watering after sunset or any time during the overnight hours. Watering during these times could create puddling which results in drowning a lawn or the eventual growth of fungus.
Finally, keep a close eye on the weather. Avoid watering before, during(duh) and after rain. For the high tech homeowner, invest in a rain sensor. Rain sensors will over ride and shut down a sprinkler system when a pre-determined amount of rain is collected in the sensor. Once the sensor dries out, normal operation resumes. Another simple way to keep track of rain is by using a rain gauge. Rain gauges are available from most hardware stores for under $5. Simply place the rain gauge in an exposed area and monitor watering manually.
Thats just about all I have on watering. Very simple but extremely important.
If you are interested in having me come to your property and analyze your watering system, feel free to reach me in any of the following ways….
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you out there!