Watering Your Lawn
During the summer, watering the lawn accounts for as much as 80 percent of the water used around the home. Trying to maintain a lawn at the peak of perfection during the summer can be a waste of valuable natural resources. Likewise, it can be bad for the grass because of increased pest problems. Proper watering techniques can reduce water consumption by up to 50 percent with little reduction in turf grass quality.
The key to proper watering is knowing when to water. Simply stated, water on an “as needed” basis. Grass blades that have turned a dull blue-gray color, do not spring back when stepped on, or are rolled and shriveled require water. Daily monitoring will alert you when it is time to irrigate.
The next question to watering is how much should I apply? The general rule of thumb is that a normal healthy lawn will require about 1 to 1˝ inches of water each week. This may be supplied by either rain or irrigation. To determine how much water you are applying, calibrate your irrigation system.
Use these water saving tips to decrease your annual water consumption:
Watering is just one part to a healthy and weed free lawn. It cannot make up for improper fertilizing and mowing practices. When summer’s heat sets in, wait for the lawn to tell you when to water and water only enough to keep it healthy.