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How To Water Your Lawn Smartly; Getting The Most Water For Your Lawn For Less

Source: Robert Couse Baker via flickr

This is the time of summer when our lawns start to look a little worse-for-wear.  Whether it’s getting ragged-looking from over-use (you know – from the kids playing on or that backyard barbecue…) or it’s browning from the heat of the summer sun, there are things you can do to give it some TLC.

Watering your lawn goes a long way towards regenerating the green grass everyone lauds as acceptable yardscape.  But when should you water it, how much, and how often are the questions that immediately come up.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently released their 10 Lawn Irrigation Tips.  In general, here’s a primer for the Do-It-Yourself Landscaper:

  • Measure the amount of water you use.
  • Avoid daily, light watering.
  • Measure the root-depth of your soil.
  • Water early – between 4AM and 10M.
  • Observe your sprinkler system and make changes to your plan.
  • Adjust the heads of your sprinkler.
  • When temperatures reach above 90-degrees, “spritz” your lawn for 5 to 10 minutes in  the afternoon to “cool” the turf.
  • Create water zones.

To learn more and read on about lawn irrigation, click here.




Lawn & Landscape Irrigation: Ten Quick Tips (how & when to water, how to measure, water saving tips).

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