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What Are the Common Lawn Watering Mistakes Costing You Money?

Effective water management is important for any landscape and lawn. Saturated soils can inhibit root growth, photosynthesis, and leaf area expansion due to the lack of oxygen. Therefore, the soils must be allowed to dry out sufficiently. Without proper water management, your landscape can’t keep soil moisture at optimal levels. The following lawn watering mistakes could spoil your lawn and cost you money:

Overwatering

Overwatering the lawn is one of the most common lawn care mistakes. Many homeowners do not have any control over their irrigation sprinkler system or they don’t know how to use the system effectively. The runtimes of the sprinkler are often set by the irrigation service provider upon start-up. After that, many homeowners never monitor, adjust or reset it, causing sprinklers on even during and after rainstorms. Overwatering is an obvious waste of water. Additionally, it will make the lawn vulnerable to outside pressures such as drought, weeds, insects and diseases.

Under-watering

Just like overwatering, under-watering also is bad for a healthy lawn. Experts say newly planted lawns often don’t get enough water. You can’t solely depend on rainfall to establish a green, healthy lawn. Supplementary irrigation is a must, especially during the first year of growth. The amount of irrigation needed is based on various factors such as the climate and the type of grass.

Rainy day watering

When it is raining, we don’t need to water as the rain itself will take care of the gardens. Metabolic requirements of the plants are reduced when it is cooler. However, don’t forget to check your hanging baskets and containers regularly even when it’s raining. Sometimes the rain doesn’t hit the containers or hanging baskets as they are generally sitting on porches or under the eaves. You must water them if they remain dry even after the rain.

Inaccurate settings and adjustments

Many people consider the irrigation timer as a ‘set it and forget’ device. If you have set up a drip irrigation timer to automatically water your lawn or landscape, don’t put it on autopilot. Sprinklers must be adjusted accordingly with precipitation events. For example, if it’s been raining steadily for two or three days, you can off the sprinkler system for some days. The sprinklers can be turned off for nearly two weeks after heavy rainfall.

Watering lawn at the wrong time

Watering during evening hours or in midday is not good for the grass. Midday watering could cause significant water lose due to evaporation. Watering in the evening or night could make the grass susceptible to fungus and mildew. According to lawn care experts, the best time to water the lawn is early in the morning. It will help the plants survive the heat of the day. Additionally, wind speed is often lower in the morning, reducing the chances of water evaporation. Therefore, water your lawn between 4 AM and 8 AM in order to reduce water wastage and save money. Watering your lawn at the wrong time not only wastes water but also dehydrates your grass.

Posted by Sitebox Admin on 2/15/2017
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