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Guest Post: Important Things to Remember about Watering your Lawn

May 8, 2012 by  
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Watering can (Photo credit: Alesa Dam)

Watering has to be done properly in order to keep a lawn green and healthy.  Failure to water your lawn properly often results in wilting and brown spots. One of the most important keys to a healthy lawn is proper water management. Listed below are things you need to remember as you implement your lawn watering strategy:

Type of soil

The watering strategy and schedule you use will largely depend on the climate you live in and the type of soil you have, as well as the type of grass you are growing. There are typically three kinds of soil; clay, loamy and sandy. Clay soil usually doesn’t need as much water as loamy soil, while sandy usually needs more water than loamy soil. Whatever your soil type is you can probably enhance it by periodically adding organic matter like manure, grass clippings and compost. Everything you do should be done in an environmentally sound way.

Amount of water

Some experts claim that your lawn needs about 1 inch of water each week during the growing season. Obviously, rain water is the ideal water, but you must use your other watering resources to make sure you meet the watering needs of your lawn. The climate you live in will determine if you need more or less than the suggested 1 inch per week.

When to water

Usually, morning or earlier in the day is the optimal time for watering your lawn. Early evening is also a good time. Watering in the middle of the day often results in a large amount of evaporation and leaving the grass nutrient deficient. A light evening or night time watering schedule sometimes encourages fungus, mold and various diseases.

Water coverage

Early in the season you need to take special notice of the difficult to reach areas such as the edges and corners. Although watering these areas often works best by hand, not everyone has a lot of time to do manual watering. For this reason, you may need to get creative in how you arrange your sprinkling system. For those with sprinkling systems that are plumbed into the yard that are not reaching all of the spots, a long hose with a sprinkler may need to be employed for supplemental watering.

Deep vs. frequent watering

A good long deep watering is superior to a short but frequent watering schedule. This is because you ideally want to let the water soak at least 6 to 8 inches deep down into the soil. This will result in grass roots growing deeper into the soil enabling your grass to become much more drought tolerant.

Drought preparation

When you are aware that high temperatures and a long dry spell is on the way with a potential of a drought, it is best to allow the grass to grow longer than normal. When you do cut the lawn, be sure to raise the deck of the lawn mower, allowing the longer grass to shade itself. By doing so, your grass should be able to weather the drought if you have previously fed the lawn and fertilized it properly during the spring and early summer periods.

Sprinkling and irrigation systems

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There are three general types of sprinklers; impact sprinklers, oscillating sprinklers and traveling sprinklers. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to watering methods. It is best to experiment and find out which system seems to work best for your particular needs.

Impact sprinklers generally provide an even watering pattern and have the ability to cover large areas if you have good water pressure. For large lawns, they can be plumbed into a ground watering system. With oscillating sprinklers, water comes from an arm as it rotates back and forth in an arch across the area. This method waters your lawn in a rectangular pattern and is a great solution for small lawns that don’t have an impact sprinkling system installed.

Oscillating sprinklers also provide a solution for areas of the lawn that are not being adequately reached by the impact sprinklers. Many people feel that traveling sprinklers have a good uniform distribution pattern which is created by a head that revolves and is attached to a little tractor. It disperses water in a circular pattern.

Automated Watering systems

Automated irrigation systems are a good option for watering lawns. They will save you time and money. They also help you to maintaining consistency in the watering schedule.

Remember, it is better to underwater than overwater a lawn. Generally, the best times to water are in the early morning and early evening. By remembering these tips, you can greatly increase your success in growing a lush green lawn.

About the author:

Amy Burweigh works in marketing and real estate for Aim Your Way. Connect with Amy on Google +. Aim has provided a variety of property maintenance and preservation services for over 20 years and can be found at aimyourway.com

 

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