Irrigating your grass is one of the most important things you need to do to keep your lawn looking great throughout the year. Unfortunately, homeowners sometimes adopt irrigation practices that aren't very good for their lawns. The following are six things you shouldn't do when it comes to irrigating your lawn grass.
Assuming you have to water daily regardless of the recent weather
For best results, you should adapt your irrigation schedule to recent weather. This way, you can avoid over-watering during periods when it's very rainy. You can also avoid not giving your lawn enough water when it's especially dry and hot out.
Scheduling your irrigation system to water during hot periods of bright sunlight
It may seem like a good idea to you to water your lawn when it's especially hot and sunny. However, this is actually not a good idea because less water will get to the roots of your grass when it's very hot and sunny. That's because a great deal of water will be lost to evaporation. The best time to water is generally considered to be early in the morning rather than at the hottest part of the day in the middle of the afternoon.
Choosing oscillating sprinklers rather than pulsating sprinklers
The type of sprinkler you choose can have a big impact on the efficiency of your irrigation practices. You should choose pulsating sprinklers rather than oscillating sprinklers. That's because pulsating sprinklers are usually more effective than oscillating sprinklers. With oscillating sprinklers, the wind can blow water off its target. Also, oscillating sprinklers allow more water to be lost to evaporation than pulsating sprinklers.
Wasting water on areas such as your driveway or walkways
Look at where your water is falling in your yard. Any water that falls onto your driveway or walkways is wasted. If a lot of water is falling onto these areas, you need to reposition your sprinklers.
Not making sure that water is getting down to the roots
Getting water on the blades of grass in your lawn won't do much. You need water to get down to the roots to ensure that your irrigation regime is effective. Observe where the water from your sprinklers is falling and make sure it's able to get down to the roots.
Cutting off irrigation at the end of the summer
The summer months are the hottest period of the year, and it's true that your lawn may be in the most need of water during these months. However, your lawn is also in need of water during the fall. Don't make the mistake of cutting off irrigation when the summer season ends or your lawn can dry out during the fall months. This could lead to a less healthy and robust lawn over the long term.
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