Lawn Irrigation: How to Water Your Lawn Efficiently
You’ve just bought a pro membership at Home Depot, shopped around for the best lawn soil on the market, and spent more time than you’d like to admit debating which lawn seeds to purchase. You’ve got all the materials, but now what? If you really want the most healthy, rich, and green lawn on block, check out these pro tips on how to water your lawn.
Early Bird Gets The Worm
Let’s start with the basics. Remember, timing is key. It’s important to water your lawn early in the morning (between 6-10am is best) for a few reasons. First, wind speeds are lowest and the sun isn’t as hot, meaning there’s less chance your plants will lose water due to evaporation during the day. Second, watering at night can sometimes cause fungal growth and damage your lawn. If you’re in a rush to work and don’t have the time to water in the morning, watering in the late afternoon (between 4-7pm) is also alright. As long as it’s not too hot out and your lawn keeps hydrated, it should be fine. If you’re setting up timer-based sprinklers, make sure to look up the best watering schedule for your climate. Another alternative is to purchase a smart IoT system that automatically waters your lawn based on local weather information, time of year, and several other outdoor factors.
It’s Never Too Mulch
Always mulch your lawn! If you didn’t already purchase a few bags first time, I recommend running back to Home Depot. In addition to several other green-friendly benefits, mulch most importantly preserves moisture and keeps your lawn hydrated throughout the day by keeping hot sunlight from reaching the soil. We’ll learn why it’s important not to overwater in a bit, but mulch helps prevent overwatering by acting as a barrier between the soil and the grass–making it one less thing for you to worry about. Mulch also kills off potential weeds that might grow around your lawn and regulates soil temperature. It’s pretty much a godsend.
Make It Rain
I don’t need to tell you that it’s extremely wasteful to water your lawn while it’s raining. Unfortunately, timers go off whether it’s raining or not. If you know it’s going to rain the next day, remember to turn off your sprinklers the night before. Not only is excess water wasteful, but it’s damaging to your lawn–it can bring about fungal growth and disease. It might be useful to purchase a rain barrel that catches excess water from gutters before it falls onto your lawn. (If you want to be extra-green, recycle this water and use it to water lawn once it’s sunny again!) Or, like I mentioned before, a weather aware IoT system would be the best alternative since it would be able to shut the sprinklers off automatically a day or two before it begins raining.
Know Your Roots
It’s better to water deeply and less frequently than to water shallow and often. If you remember to follow this rule, your lawn’s root system will dig deeper and be healthier. If not, your grass’s roots will be shallow and prone to dehydration, weeds, and disease. One way to encourage deep rooting is to make sure you don’t cut your grass too short. The higher the grass is, the deeper the roots are. Another way is to check how deep the water from your sprinklers penetrate the soil around your grass and then determine how much longer your sprinklers need to be on. Your goal is to leave the sprinklers on long enough so that it soaks through about 8 inches of soil. To measure, leave your sprinklers on for about 15 minutes and then the next day (18-24 hours is best) dig a small hole in your lawn to see how deep the water has soaked through. Then you can gauge how much longer you need to set your sprinkler timers. If you see that you’re overwatering your lawn and there’s runoff seeping into the driveway, sidewalk, or street, turn off your sprinklers for about 20 minutes to let the soil absorb the water.
If you follow these tips, your lawn is guaranteed to start looking brighter and richer. Installing a smart IoT system is always a wise choice, as it’s designed to overcome obstacles like overwatering and unpredictable weather conditions. Since most watering conditions rely on outside factors like rainpour, temperature, wind, etc, an IoT system that can adjust itself to adapt to weather changes is the best way to prevent plant damage and maintain a healthy garden.
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