31 Dec

Lawn watering myth debunked

One of the single, most important parts of caring for your lawn is watering it. Folks know they have to do it, but not everyone agrees as to the right way to do it. But there are right and wrong ways to do everything and keeping your lawn fresh and well fed is no exception. And believe or not, there are many ways you can damage and even harm your plants depending on how you water them.  Today’s blog is here to help you avoid all that. Today’s tips will help you avoid some of the misleading watering myths that are out there when it comes to taking care of your lawn. Hopefully, these will help you do a better job of staying on track and doing what’s best for your lawn. Let’s jump right in! Plants need water. That means all of them. There’s a lot of noise out there about some plants that can take care of themselves and that they don’t need to be watered. That’s completely untrue. All plants need water. Yes, some plants need less than others, but the idea that certain plants don’t need water is patently false.  Now that being said, there are ways to make sure you spend less time watering your lawn and yes, that includes planting plants that are more drought-resistant and don’t need to drink as much water. But at some point – they’ll need water. Even cacti need water.  Not all plants are watered equally While there are some folks who don’t think they need to water certain plants at all, there’s another mislead human across the spectrum from those who thinks that all plants can be watered equally. They’re also wrong.  If you give your plants more water than they need, it can be just as bad as not watering them at all. Essentially – too much water will seep into the soil and congest and overwhelm the plant’s root system. This will give you a different, but similar browning effect to your glass and frankly, well – any plant.  There’s also things like the topography of your lawn, runoff, pooling and the like to consider. A simple conversation with an irrigation professional will help you identify what you need to do and what you should avoid.  Being mindful of your watering schedule Any irrigation company that’s selling you on ‘setting and forgetting’ a sprinkler system is mostly full of it. You don’t just set a schedule and forget about it. There are going to be times during a year where your lawn will need more water than at others. There are times during those times where it’s better to water and better not to water. Any way you cut it, you’ll need to change your watering system based on need. Not only will this lead to a healthier lawn, but it’ll also help cut down on unnecessarily high water bills, too.  Time matters You’ll have to be careful about when you water your lawn. Try to – if you can – avoid the middle of the day. The high heat from the sun evaporates the water before it can be absorbed into the lawn, meaning your lawn won’t take to it. Plan on watering your plants early in the morning or later in the evening so that your plants get the water they need.  Hopefully these tips will help give you a happier, healthier lawn. If you’ve got questions or would like to learn more about what a sprinkler system can do for your lawn, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!