It’s that time of year once again when the daylight is longer, the temperatures can’t get any hotter, and the greenery all around us requires vigilant overseeing by a caretaker. One activity that a lot of property owners engage in during this time of year is the watering processes of their lawns. Grasses need to receive water throughout these hot summer months, but there are some particular techniques that landscape caregivers should consider.
Within this article, you will find some of the main watering mistakes that people make when it comes to watering their lawns. There is a fine balance between providing the right amount of water that a lawn needs and not wasting water, time, or unnecessary attention to the lawn. This guide should help you improve the beauty, healthfulness, and longevity of a beautiful yard for all to enjoy throughout the summer months and beyond.
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, then one common mistake people make is to set the sprinkler system on automatic and then forget about it. Local weather changes all of the time, and it is important for you to keep an eye on changing weather patterns. For example, during times of heavy rainy periods, you will not need to run your sprinkler system because nature is providing adequate water for your lawn. However, when you turn off your automatic setting, you will need to make sure you reset the switch for another time. By depending on mother nature to provide water when she can, you are responsibly conserving water resources.
It is also important that you check on your sprinklers regularly as they are running. If a sprinkler head has become clogged or twisted, you may need to repair it. There is little point in watering a driveway or only one section of the yard if you have a broken sprinkler head.
Another mistake that people often make is watering their lawns at an inappropriate time of day. The best time to water a lawn is early in the morning before the sun is high and beaming intently on the grass. If watering occurs during the warmest part of the day, then most of the water will evaporate before it has the chance to really absorb in to the ground. Lawn care professionals agree that it is usually best to water when you are awake, though, so you may make decisions about the local weather that day, as well as double-check the effectiveness of each sprinkler.
Watering too frequently is also a mistake that is often made by property owners. The best rule of thumb is to water your lawn every few days and for approximately 20-30 minutes at a time. The goal is to provide your lawn with about 1-2 inches of water every week during the warmest part of the year. If you water more frequently for shorter intervals of time, then the amount of water provided usually isn’t enough volume to reach deep down to the base of the grass roots. The deeper the water goes, the deeper the roots of the grass will reach, and the hardier the grass will grow and prosper.
The most important thing you can do for your lawn is to keep a regular eye on it for any irregularities, follow proper watering guidelines, and provide regular maintenance procedures. A healthy lawn not only looks beautiful but also provides a place for people to gather and enjoy the outdoor way of life.
If you have any questions about lawn care maintenance, then give the professionals at Mighty Green Lawn Care a call today. We welcome the opportunity to help you with any of your lawn care needs.