Grass can take care of itself but a lot of us use sprinklers to keep it from its natural processes. Since we’re going to use them, we may as do it well with Mother Nature in mind.
Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your sprinkler system this summer.
Chances are, you’re watering more than you need to. Watering every few days doesn’t guarantee a green lawn. Grass has its own instincts for preservation, including turning brown and going into dormancy while digging further for a water source.
Conserve water by waiting until you see sign of drought stress and water well again. Your grass will be stronger for it.
If you don’t have a smart-controlled sprinkler system monitoring conditions, you’ll get into a natural rhythm of watering as you get to know your grass. But don’t forget that as seasons or local restrictions change, you’ll need to adjust your watering schedule.
If you’re worried you won’t be able to keep up with changing conditions, consider replacing your system with a smart-controlled system or add a control to your existing system.
As the watering season begins, your system will need to be properly primed. This will vary depending on your system, but if you are more comfortable calling out a professional to do it right, it may pay off later in the season.
Once the season is in full swing, keep an eye on your system to make sure it’s working properly. Water quality can cause clogged sprinkler heads and some may spring a leak. Most can be unclogged with a thin piece of wire. Replace leaky heads immediately to conserve water and ensure you’re not missing spots in your lawn.
Sprinkler head position is crucial to make sure you’re getting the most out of your system and getting adequate coverage. Sprinkler paths should overlap one another. After a watering, walk around your lawn, identify dry spots, and adjust heads accordingly.
Midday and evening waterings certainly don’t get the most out of your system. Pre-dawn hours are ideal. In the hot sun, water evaporates too quickly to deeply saturate your lawn. Watering at night where little to no evaporation takes place can lead to fungal disease.
If you can’t bear the thought of adding one more step to your morning routine, it may be time to switch to a smart-controlled system.
The Bottom Line
Stop watering so much, keep an eye on how well your system is functioning, and wake up a little earlier to make the neighbors green with envy over your luscious lawn.