With summer in full swing, you’ve probably already been watering the lawn for some time now. Have you thought about how to water it efficiently?
Take a look at a few ways you can do this:
1. Install a programmable sprinkler system.
These do cost a few thousand dollars to install. But once you have them set up and going, they keep your lawn green and healthy year round. Besides that, most contractors install them to be as water efficient as possible. Best of all, because they’re programmable, you don’t even have to think about how you’re using the water.
A green, healthy lawn? Water efficiency? Almost no work? Sounds like a good deal.
2. Water from 4-6 am.
This is the best time to water your lawn in Texas because the sun’s not so high that it evaporates 30-50% of your water. On the other hand, it’s not so low that the ground is cool and does not absorb moisture as well. This can lead to water pooling, which can cause the growth of fungus.
Yes, it’s early in the morning, but it is the best time to water your lawn.
3. Water only when your grass is too dry.
How do you know if your grass really needs water? Look at it closely.
It begins to take on a blue-gray tint, and the blades will start to curl and wilt. Step on your grass. If your footprint stays on longer than usual, it’s time to water.
4. Make sure your sprinklers cover the lawn.
Sounds simple, but think of how many homeowners you’ve seen who water the sidewalk and street. Make sure your sprinkler only hits the grass.
5. Stop watering if you see runoff.
If you notice water flowing off your grass and onto the sidewalk or street, it’s time to stop watering. If you routinely overwater, you can also cause obnoxious thatch to build up.
6. Install a rain sensor.
You don’t need to water your lawn if rain is expected to come that day or the next day. If you use a timer, this can be easy to forget.
Have a rain sensor installed instead. It’ll detect when there’s rain outside, and your sprinkler system will automatically stop watering your lawn.
7. Use a rain barrel.
It’s such a simple solution, but it works. What you do is make sure your gutters empty into your rain barrel. Then, you use the captured rain water to care for your lawn and garden.
So those are some pretty simple tips you can use to conserve water when caring for your lawn. Some cost more than others, while still others cost nothing at all.
Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be reducing your water usage, helping the environment, and saving some money.
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