How to Save Money Watering and Still Have the Nicest Lawn in the NeighborhoodBookmark this
When you care for your lawn, the results are instantly noticeable. A beautiful lawn in the neighborhood is certainly pleasant to look at. In addition, it reflects well on you and the property. However, continually watering lawns can get hard on your wallet and the environment. Eventually, you will find that you need to make a choice. Do you let the quality of your lawn slip to save money? Or, do you use the extra water and suck up the expense? Why choose? With some simple tips, you can keep the green in your wallet, your lawn, and the environment!
Growing New Grass
Trouble areas can make the most luscious lawn look like a disaster, and growing new grass is the only way to fix it. First, start by spreading potting soil over the area and into the healthy grass. Then, sprinkle the seeds making sure to obscure the edges of the patch by blending it into the existing lawn. Then, it is time to wait.
Getting new grass to grow can be tricky. If you let it dry out once, all of it will die. You will rarely get a second chance, so what you want to do is hold the moisture in the soil as much as you can. Covering the area with fabric or mulch can be a huge help as long as what you are using is not too heavy. Then, keep it damp by using an adjustable sprinkler head to give the area a soft mist. You will need to do this several times a day, for several days, until the area is ready to mow.
Do not Over Water or Under Water
Knowing when to move the sprinkler can be tough. Putting too much water on one spot and not enough in another area causes the lawn to grow unevenly. It can also kill the grass and add to your utility bills.
To get started, run the sprinkler for thirty minutes. Then, use a spade to cut and tip forward a section of the soil so you can see how far the water has seeped. Ideally, you want to see the water line approximately three to four inches from the top. Continue to do this for a week or two until you have an accurate idea of how long to water each area of your yard.
How and When to Water Does Matter
You should start to water your lawn as soon as the ground has dried out in the Spring. Then, continue to water all year until the first freeze in the Fall. The time of day you choose to water also makes a difference. Never water during the hottest part of the day. Otherwise, the sun evaporates the water faster than the ground can absorb it. You'll then have to use twice as much water. Putting cold water from the hose onto plants on a hot day can also cause plants to droop and suffer because of the temperature change. If your water comes from a well, you'll want to run as many sprinklers at the same time as you can to keep the pump from starting and stopping.
Choose the Right Sprinkler
Match your sprinkler to the shape of your lawn. For example, an oscillating sprinkler works best on square or rectangular patches of lawn. Soaker hoses, however, are perfect for awkward areas and long narrow spaces such as grass sections along the edge of a driveway or the property line.
Watering technology can be a huge help. In-ground systems will water the lawn without losing water to evaporation. Furthermore, by attaching a timer, you will not waste money overwatering the lawn.
Smart lawn watering systems take this one step further. They will not turn on when it rains, and some will even measure soil moisture. Then, it adjusts each area of the lawn according to its measurements, so the entire thing gets watered evenly without wasting a single drop.
Lawns need a lot of routine care and maintenance. To keep moisture in the soil, make sure to power rake and aerate the grass annually. Then, use these clever watering tips to keep your lawn green. You will love how much healthier your wallet and your lawn look after just a few weeks.
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