Summer Lawn Watering Basics for Homeowners

Keeping your lawn green is a full time job, especially during the hot summer months, and it can often leave you feeling a little bewildered when after all that hard work, your lawn is still brown and patchy. On top of this, you’re probably trying to conserve water in the process as to not drum up a massive water bill. But you don’t have to feel guilty about watering your lawn in summer if you’re using the appropriate methods to do so. There are a number of water efficient ways to keep your lawn hydrated and green during those dry summer months without contributing to drought or receiving a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are some effective ways to water your summer lawn.

  1. Water after sundown. Watering your yard after sundown is one of the best ways to conserve water and to keep your lawn nice and green. If you water your lawn during the heat of the day, the sun’s rays will evaporate all the water before it has a chance to soak into the roots and nourish your lawn. So set your sprinklers on a timer to hydrate your lawn when the sun goes down and you’ll notice a big difference.
  2. Get a professional opinion. Every lawn is different and there are a number of variables to consider when considering what methods to apply to keep your lawn lush in summer. Don’t be afraid to ask for some advice and seek some professional help wit your garden. Using a landscaping service such as MorGreen Landscape and Nursery will ensure that you get great results from your garden without wasting too much water or money in the process.
  3. Sprinkler system. Getting a sturdy and reliable sprinkler system in place is the secret to keeping your summer lawn lush and healthy. There are a variety of sprinklers available on the market so it can be a little overwhelming to know where to begin. Having a pressure gauge as well as a timer will mean that your system is running at its most efficient at all times. You can also get fully automated systems that can be set and controlled from your mobile phone app.
  4. Think alternative. There are a number of alternative options to the traditional green lawn. It’s worth consider what kind of grass grows naturally in your kind of climate. Certain grass types thrive in certain conditions, so understanding what is native to your location will mean you’ll be worrying less about lawn maintenance. It’s also worth considering astro-turf or a fake lawn as a replacement. It is cost effective and it really does look almost as good as the real things these days. Other alternatives include gravel gardens, Japanese gardens or desert friendly succulent gardens.
  5. Water efficiently. When you’re using a sprinkler system, try to apply half an inch of water about two times per week. To know how long it takes to apply that much water, leave a bowl on the lawn to measure it and determine the time needed to apply a good watering. It could take between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the type of sprinkler system you use. Sometimes sprinklers don’t always spray water evenly so make sure water is going where it’s supposed to go by checking to see that water levels in the bowls are even. This way you’ll know your sprinkler setup is working effectively.

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