5 Things To Keep In Mind While Watering Your Yard

This is a guest post from Nancy here to give us some tips on lawn watering. Thanks for contributing Nancy!

SprinklerEveryone wants to own a lovely garden, but very few know how difficult it is to maintain it. One of the most important things to maintain the green garden is correct watering. Though it may seem to be the simplest task, very few actually know the correct method and amount of water required by your garden. Lack of water can result in drying of grass while excess can cause rotting of roots. In fact excess water will waste the very precious water and will damage the lawn.

You need to know your lawn well to appropriately decide the amount of water and the time it needs to be done. The quality of soil, how well it is aerated, type of grass and plants and the weather prevalent will determine the amount of water needed. Here are some of the best things you should keep in mind to do correct watering and also reducing the water wastage:

1. Lawn type

Discuss with lawn experts and find out the type of lawn you have. Matilda buffalo garden will require good amount of water but too much water can harm it. While kikuyu is most vigorous lawn grass. It requires less water and flourishes under the sun. Similarly it will depend upon the type of soil; sandy soil with organic matter will require more water than clay soil. Lawns with tall and large trees will require less water. Lawns with Slope will have some areas which will require more water than other areas. Also, if you have sprinkler then some areas might need manual watering.

2. Time of watering

Afternoon watering is the most convenient time to water the plants. But then most of water during this period eventually gets evaporated. Evening watering will result in fungal growth, thus the best time is morning. If you are running to office during that time you can time the sprinkler accordingly. This time is the best time to let soil absorb the water and conserve water.

3. Water conservation

Sprinklers should be targeted correctly at lawn and not street or driveway. Some soil may absorb water slowly, in that case turn off the sprinkler for 15-20 minutes and then again shower the water. This way water will not run off the grass and water wastage will be reduced. Harvesting rain water using a rain barrel is also a good idea to conserve water. Capturing rain water will prevent the run off of the pesticides, fertilizers, garbage from the sidewalks, lawns and street.

4. Newly seeded grass

This grass may require more water, but over-watering can wash away seeds. You can mulch newly seeded areas with straw, hay or lawn clippings to reduce evaporation. Once grass reaches two inches high it would need less water. Keep grass length no shorter than two inches to promote deep rooting. Also avoid mowing during hot seasons.

5. Water quality

Get the alkalinity of the water checked. Water with more minerals or pH content will change the moisture requirement of your lawn. Therefore, it is a good idea to get the water quality checked.

About the Author

Nancy Rorie is a technology blogger from New Jersey and loves to use led tubes, solar water heaters to make his home eco-friendly.

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