Watering Your Lawn: The Right Way

04/04/2017

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With sunshine making its way back into the Northwest’s weather cycle, that means a probability of less rain in the coming months. Less rain also means less natural water for your lawn. Now for those of you with modestly sized landscapes, this may not be a problem. But for those with a giant landscape and lots of grass, an adjustment is needed to make sure your lawn is healthy and green. Here are some lawn watering tips that can help save you money and time:

  • Water Early: Beat the heat by getting out to water early in the morning before the sun is out. In the middle of the day, the sun is too overwhelming and the water will evaporate too quickly. Don’t water late in the evening as well since resting water on the grass blades can provide the perfect conditions for fungus to grow, which causes lawn diseases.

  • Soak 6 Inches Into Soil: Wondering how much to water? Experts recommend watering until you moisten the soil about six inches down. For the first time, have a shovel nearby to test the soil and measure when you hit the mark. Also, make sure to time yourself so that you won’t need the shovel the next time!

  • Use Pulsating Sprinkler, Not Oscillating Ones: Besides built-in lawn sprinkler systems, a pulsating sprinkler that’s connected to a hose and projects water horizontally is the preferred choice. Oscillating sprinklers tend to cover less ground and are less accurate because they’re more affected by wind.

  • Irrigation Timer: Sick of having to wait patiently until your sprinklers are done? Set a timer and keep it with you in your pocket. That way you can enjoy yourself and spend time on something else while your lawn gets the hydration it needs!