Good Irrigation Practices
Watering your lawn should not be a headache. With so many factors to consider, our lawn specialists have put together a simple guide of good practices, so you can water your lawn adequality.
The trick is to remember to not apply water at a rate faster than it can be absorbed by the soil. The best time for giving your plants some water is before the grass wilts, gets limp, ‘‘looks tired’’, or the soil starts to dry out.
Amount of Water and Frequency of Irrigation
Ideally, you would like to encourage deep roots, so to achieve it, water deeply and infrequently to promote deep roots. Apply a specific amount of water (according to the soil type and the turf species) to soak down to the depth of the roots. The general rule of thumb is to apply no more than one inch of water every time, which is enough to soak the soil to between six and ten inches.
In addition, changing the irrigation schedule is vital. If you live in the north side of the country where you winterize, adjust your watering schedule as you do not need as much water during May or October as you would require in the middle of the summer. By doing this, you will reduce your water use.
There are two main types of irrigation systems, drip system or overhead system. The first one provides a steady flow of water that goes directly into the soil. If your focus is to reduce irrigation costs, this is the method for you. Just keep in mind that it requires meticulous maintenance. The second type of system involves the classic sprinklers we all know. These devices deliver water by spraying it above the targeted plants. Even though it requires less maintenance than its counterpart, it might not be as efficient with water usage.
The bottom line is that if you have a large lawn space, an overhead system is more adequate. For smaller areas, like localized shrubs and flowers consider a drip system.
For more details about irrigation, please call Secure Lawn at +1 615-893-8455. We can help you determine the solution that works best for you and your lawn.