Many people wrongly believe that they need to constantly water their lawn and flood it to make sure that the water will eventually seep into the earth and bring nutrients to the grass’ roots. These people will waste their time, water (and thereby run up their bill), and still stare out at an unhealthy lawn filled with yellow and brown dead patches.
In an effort to help people see better results from their watering efforts, we’ve compiled a quick list of dos and don’ts so that you can eliminate water waste and get the envied lawn on your block.
- Don’t overwater. When you set out to water your lawn, don’t aim for creating shallow pools across your yard. The water will wipe away seeds and the topsoil that holds many nutrients and will wash them away into other parts of the yard where they have no value or will go straight out into the street.
- Do measure your water output. We have a page dedicated to educating people on how to calculate how long much water your lawn needs (approximately 1 inch) and how long you need to water it to reach that volume. Essentially, you use a short tuna fish can, place it in your lawn flush with the ground, and water your lawn for 15 minutes. Measure how much water is in the can, and do quick math to figure out how long it will take to reach 1 inch in the can.
- Don’t water every day. This builds off the previous two items. Your lawn likely doesn’t need to be watered every day, if you water it appropriately.
- Do water in the morning. The air is still cool and you minimize the odds of losing water to evaporation.
- Don’t water in the day. The sun shines too intensely and you will waste water as it will evaporate.
- Don’t water in the evening. Although it’s cool like the morning, watering in the evening can invite fungi to thrive as they love cool, dark, and damp places.
- Do clear debris from your lawn. Don’t let thatch and other dead grass build up on your lawn. Rake it so that the water can reach the seeds in the soil.
We want you to have a lush, emerald lawn that all your neighbors will wish they had every time they drive by and we hope that by following this simple guide, you’ll be well on your way to achieving that prized jewel of homeownership. If you still encounter issues and your lawn isn’t getting any greener, you may be in need of lawn aeration to help the water reach the grass seeds and we’re here to help make that task easier. Contact us today to learn how our services can lower your monthly water bill and help you get the lawn you’ve always dreamed of.