Watering Your Lawn

Watering Your Lawn

Watering a​ lawn in​ the​ proper manner is​ one of​ the​ most misunderstood and most neccessary steps in​ keeping up a​ healthy,​ attractive lawn. Most people water there lawn too long and not often enough.

Here are some awesome guidlines

to ensure a​ the​ most effective and efficient method to​ properly water your lawn. First of​ all soak your lawn only to​ the​ depth of​ the​ root zone and no further. Each time you water you should moisten the​ soil to​ a​ depth of​ 6-8 in. when watering bluegrass and 8-11 in. on​ other grasses. This will ensure that you wter only to​ the​ grass's active root zone. the​ length of​ time and amount of​ water it​ will take to​ moisten the​ root zone depend on​ soil type and the​ irrigation system. Sandy soils will be penetrated more quickly and more deeply than clay and other softer soils.

To determine the​ length of​ time required to​ moisten your lawn's root zone:

This is​ an​ awesome formula given by a​ well known University...Run the​ sprinklers for 15 minutes. Twenty-four hours later,​ dig a​ small hole in​ the​ ground or​ use a​ probe to​ determine how deeply the​ soil is​ moistened. You will use this information to​ determine how long to​ water each time. to​ calculate the​ number of​ minutes to​ water the​ lawn divide 120 by the​ depth of​ the​ moistened soil in​ inches. For example,​ if​ the​ water soaked in​ 4 in.,​ figure 120/4 = 30 minutes. it​ would take an​ hour to​ soak in​ eight inches. if​ it​ soaked in​ 6 in.,​ the​ lawn should be watered for 20 minutes (120/6 in. = 20 minutes). However,​ bluegrass has a​ shallower root system than other grasses; it​ needs to​ be soaked to​ a​ depth of​ only 6-8 in. (instead of​ 8-12 in). Take the​ second example above: in​ 15 minutes,​ water soaked in​ 6 in. You would need to​ water a​ bluegrass lawn for only 15 minutes instead of​ the​ 20 minutes calculated for other types of​ grass. Once the​ length of​ the​ watering period is​ established,​ use the​ same period each time you water,​ no matter what the​ season. if​ water starts to​ run off the​ lawn before the​ end of​ the​ watering period,​ turn the​ water off for one hour and let the​ water soak in; then turn the​ sprinklers back on​ and finish watering.

Runoff is​ sometimes caused by excess thatch. if​ thatch is​ more than 1/2 in. thick,​ the​ lawn should be dethatched. Dethatch cool-season lawns (bluegrass or​ fescue) in​ early spring or​ late summer. Dethatch bermudagrass lawns in​ late spring. Proper mowing,​ watering and fertilization can reduce the​ buildup of​ thatch. to​ reduce thatch buildup,​ avoid overwatering the​ lawn.

When the​ lawn needs water the​ grass will take on​ a​ bluish or​ dull green color and the​ blades will begin to​ fold or​ roll. Footprints will remain visible after the​ lawn is​ walked on. Tree and shrub roots competing with the​ turf will require additional water. Once a​ month soak the​ soil very deep to​ encourage tree and shrub root development below the​ turf root zone. Leave the​ sprinklers on​ three times the​ normal time or​ use a​ soaker hose under the​ entire tree canopy. the​ best time of​ day to​ water is​ in​ the​ early morning. Less water evaporates if​ lawns are watered when temperatures are cool and winds are calm. These conditions occur most frequently in​ early morning. Late afternoon and evening watering also reduces evaporation losses if​ winds are calm,​ but tends to​ encourage disease because the​ grass stays moist all night. Many of​ the​ fungus diseases that affect grass require water droplets or​ high humidity to​ sporulate and infect the​ plants. Midday watering is​ more convenient for many people and does not harm the​ lawn. However,​ more water is​ lost to​ evaporation. in​ most situations sprinklers are the​ most effective way to​ water lawns. Flood irrigation can also be used on​ level lawns where a​ water source is​ available. Sprinkler spray patterns should overlap 80-100% depending on​ the​ type of​ sprinkler system that is​ installed. Follow the​ manufacturer's directions for proper sprinkler installation. a​ good system must provide even water distribution to​ all grassed areas. the​ water must be applied to​ only the​ grassed areas,​ not to​ walls,​ sidewalks,​ driveways or​ streets. Use the​ can test described above to​ gauge uniformity. Most sprinkler heads have a​ spring adjustment to​ control the​ flow of​ water. Sprinklers that water less than a​ full circle can be adjusted to​ direct water away from walls and paved areas. if​ some sprinkler heads have been replaced,​ it​ may be necessary to​ replace all of​ the​ sprinkler heads in​ order to​ achieve uniform application. Maybe this will assist you in​ watering your lawn.

Watering Your Lawn

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