Watering your lawn is the portion of water usage in every household. For this reason, we should all know what we can do to cut water bills in half! Caring for your lawn takes time, attention to detail, and the knowledge to understand the signs that your grass is giving you. Here are 6 tips that will help you save h20 while watering your lawn this summer!
Knowing When to Water
It is vital that you understand how much water your lawn needs and how to feed it! Most signs can be determined by looking at your grass and monitoring several common signs of unhealthy grass. If your grass is wilting/curling up or has a bluish-gray tint, it needs more water. When footprints remain imprinted on the grass for longer than normal, this is another sign of a lack of water.
Overwatering is bad for your lawns health and can contribute to the development of fungus. Some species of grass require more water than others so you should do some research and check watering specifications for your lawn. Other variables that can come into play are temperature, humidity, and wind. Extreme cases of any of these factors should result in the adjustment your watering routine!
Water Early in the Morning
You may have heard that watering in the evening is best but it’s actually harmful to your grass! Watering during the early morning hours will guarantee that the air will be cool and the wind will be calm. In this way, you will reduce the amount of h20 lost to evaporation. Well isn’t this the same as watering at night? No, watering at night may encourage fungal growth because your lawn has the whole night to sit with high levels of moisture. Don’t do this unless you like fungus!
The Tuna Can Trick
Instead of watering for short periods of time, water generously so that optimal penetration will encourage deep root growth. Shallow watering has the tendency to encourage germination and keep plants from establishing firm roots in the ground. This makes them more susceptible to the effects of drought and other adverse deficiencies.
Put an empty tuna can in your lawn and then water your grass. When the tuna can is completely filled with water, you can shut it off! This is a quick trick you can use if you’re unsure how much water your grass actually needs. Water should moisten the soil 6-8 inches to keep your lawn healthy and green!
Don’t Let it Run-Off!
Water run-off is a huge issues! Small adjustments can save tons of water each year by having your sprinklers water your grass instead of the sidewalk! Start by making sure that you don’t have any leaks or broken sprinkler heads that may be wasting vital natural resources.
Improperly aerated lawns have also been found to be another common issue with homeowners. Try pausing your water cycle or rotate sprinklers for 15 minutes to prevent run-off. If that doesn’t work, there’s a high possibility that your lawn needs to be aerated to help your grass breathe and absorb water!
Most lawns have a couple of spots that tend to be drier than others. Instead of overwatering your entire lawn, grab a hose or flower bucket and simply feed this location! These spots may be cause by the shade, uneven distribution by the sprinkler system, or slopes that cause water to flow downhill.
Drought-Resistant Plants: Save Time & Money!
A popular new trend in landscaping has been the incorporation of eco-friendly solutions! These designs use drought resistant grasses that are low maintenance and require very minimal water. There are many beautiful shrubs and plants that you can choose from that thrive off of far less water than other species!
Another quick and easy way to conserve water on your lawn is by planting mulch around trees and plants to slow the evaporation of moisture and discourage the growth of weeds! Simply add 2-4 inches of organic materials like compost or bark mulch to increase the soils ability to retain moisture! Tired of picking up the grass after you mow the lawn? Leave it there next time! It’s just another small way to help our lawn retain moisture!
Other Things to Consider
Be sure to check for watering restrictions in your municipality. Recent water shortages have forced certain communities to implement water conservation efforts that only allow lawn watering during specific times of the day. We hope that these tips will help save you time & money!
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Cheryl Khan is an interior designer and freelancer who loves to spread out a blanket and enjoy a nice picnic under the sun!