Your lawn requires some vital things to thrive: sunlight, water, and nutrients. While this might seem simple, when you consider improper care, location, diseases, pests, and climate, lawn maintenance becomes complicated. That said, avoid making the following watering mistakes for effective lawn maintenance:
- Watering during Midday: Water evaporates more rapidly during midday, meaning that water won’t have sufficient time to efficiently soak into your plant’s roots prior to evaporating. Water during early dawn instead.
- Using Different Sizes of Irrigation Heads: This could lead to inconsistencies in watering because some heads will dispense water faster or slower than others, which could either leave a patch of your garden too dry or flooded.
- Inconsistent Water Distribution: Sprinkler systems have different water distribution patterns and typically overlap to achieve even coverage. Keep in mind that most turf grasses require between one and two inches of water weekly for optimum health, except during extreme cold or heat.
- Not Watering the Roots: Don’t water the leaves when using a hose and nozzle for watering. Direct water to your plants’ roots until it runs off, then pause and let the water penetrate, and then proceed, Greenside Landscaping’s lawn care specialist in Utah.
- Failing to Inspect your Watering System for Leaks or Breaks: A break or leak left unaddressed will just increase your water bill. Make sure to conduct a regular inspection of your watering system to ensure that it’s functioning properly and without damage.
- Sacrificing Quality Over Quantity: Instead of watering lightly every single day, it’s best to soak your lawn at least once to twice weekly to encourage a deeper root system, enabling water to better penetrate into roots and grass to efficiently dry.
- Not Watering a Healthy-Looking Lawn: Put simply, your lawn won’t stay, much less look healthy, if you don’t water it. If you only water it when it looks like it needs water, it might take several weeks and more favorable weather for it to become green and healthy once again.
If you are not committing any of these watering mistakes, congratulations! Otherwise, you should stop making these mistakes right now for a greener and healthier lawn that won’t cost you’re a fortune.