Nothing makes your home the pride of the neighborhood like a green, well-manicured lawn. You’ve put in all the necessary effort with fertilizer and mowing and edging, but your grass is still dry and brown in patches, in spite of your adherence to a strict watering schedule. What’s going on?
More than likely, in spite of your diligent effort, your sprinkler system isn’t doing an efficient job. In such cases, it’s advisable to seek professional guidance from irrigation experts like those at Hydro Tech to figure out what needs to be tweaked in order to achieve the verdant lawn you crave.
For starters, an expert can tell you how much water you need to use. It’s generally a good idea to give your lawn only one inch of water per week, including precipitation. That means that your system of watering two or three times a week for 30 minutes at a time may be either overwatering or underwatering your grass, depending on how fast your system distributes water, as well as how hot it is outside.
Since roots need air, giving your grass more than that weekly inch of water can smother them and result in shallow roots. Additionally, your grass can actually be scorched from watering when it’s hot, so it’s best to water between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. If you’re not sure how fast your sprinkler system distributes water, contact an irrigation technician to find out its specifications so you can adjust your timer accordingly.
Another thing an expert can help you with is the positioning of your sprinklers. To the extent possible, you want your irrigation system to spread water uniformly across your entire yard. This, however, does not include sidewalks, driveways, and porches. Errant streams of water are not only wasteful of a valuable resource, but are also costly monetarily. While making sure all sprinkler heads are efficiently covering their zones, your expert can also be sure none of them is leaking.
A properly maintained, effectively operated sprinkler system not only keeps your lawn green and healthy, but can also save you as much money as not using any water for 24 hours! By consulting with irrigation experts like those at Hydro Tech, you can be wise with all your resources!