Now that we are in the heat of the summer, you may notice that these long hot days have taken quite a toll on your lawn. You may be tempted to try and fix the problem by cranking up the irrigation, but this can often only make the situation worse. True, grass needs water to grow, but it’s really bad for your lawn to over use your irrigation. These tips will help you get the beautiful, lush yard you’ve always dreamed of:
Let Nature do the Work
Generally speaking, rain water is enough to keep a healthy lawn. You only need to water if the weather has been extremely dry without rainfall, and you notice that your grass starts to look sluggish and it loses its springiness (i.e. you can see footprints).
Turn off the Irrigation on Occasion
Good, thorough watering is much easier every day a few days a week than a quick watering. Light irrigation allows shallow roots to grow in grass, which does not contribute to a lush and healthy lawn. The installation of a drip irrigation system that only turns on at certain times guarantees that your grass receives just the right amount of water–about a quarter inch twice a week.
Use a Rain Gauge
A rain gauge will help you determine how much water your garden receives from both the rain and the sprinkler system and allow you to change your sprinkler settings if the weather is wetter than dry.
Choose the Best Time of Day
Early morning or early evening is the ideal time to water your lawn, as your lawn should have the opportunity to dry naturally while the air is relatively cool. Avoid watering when the sun is at its hottest in the middle of the day, as it can burn your lawn. Do not run the sprinkler all night if you spray during the evening, as too much water is not good for your lawn. Using a timer setting irrigation system is the best way to ensure that your lawn receives at the right time the right amount of water it needs.
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