Sprinklers – Watering Tips for a Greener Lawn
Tips to make the most of your watering restrictions and to keep your grass greener
- Use a drip system for your bushes and other plants instead of allowing a sprinkler head to spray onto them.
- Install Rotary/high efficiency irrigation nozzles and a smart irrigation controller that includes a rain sensor.
- Use the Cycle and Soak method. If you are seeing water running out onto your sidewalk you should water for less time, but more frequently. Instead of watering once a day for a longer amount of time, water 2-3
times a day for shorter amounts of time. This allows the water to absorb into the grass and you aren’t wasting the water with run off.
- Water while the sun is down! 10:00-11:00pm at night and 3:00-4:00am in the morning is a much better time to water than at 6:00pm or 6:00am. It’s much cooler out and the water doesn’t evaporate as quickly.
- Make sure your heads are adjusted to cover your lawn, but does waste water with overspray onto rocks and concrete.
- Some cities are offering rebates for water saving heads or controllers.
- Raise your mower and keep your grass a little longer. Longer grass will help keep the moisture in.
- Aerate your lawn at least once a year! While this isn’t a service we provide it is a helpful tip to keeping your lawn green! A core/plug aerator removes soil from the ground and leaves the core on the turf. This reduces compaction in the soil, and the holes can stay open for a long time. Then air, fertilizers, and water will be able to reach the roots, benefiting the grass. The best time to do this is in the spring and fall, the day after you water and before you fertilize.
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