Summer Lawn 'Green' Tips
When it comes to watering our lawns and plants, too many of us overdo it. We also tend to turn on our sprinklers at the wrong times of the day, then leave them on too long, wasting gallons of water.
Most people tend to overdo it when watering their lawns and plants.
Morning is usually the best time to water plants and lawns, both to maximize the efficiency of the water and to promote healthy flora.
Morning tends to be the coolest part of the day, so the amount of water lost due to evaporation is much less than during the middle of the day. While evenings can also be cooler, if plants stay damp over night they are more likely to be damaged by fungal and bacterial diseases.
Most experts recommend substantial, yet infrequent watering for established plants, typically about one inch of water per week, including rainfall. One or two applications a week encourages deeper rooting, which promotes stronger plants. Also, using water at or near air temperature is recommended, with collected rainwater working best.
Furthermore, using a drip or soak system is a better method of watering than a continual running sprinkler. A drip irrigation system delivers water right to the roots of plants, using a low flow rate to make the most efficient use of water. A soak system is used to evenly soak every square foot of ground with one inch of water, but just once or twice a week.
With increasing pressure on freshwater supplies, saving water is more important than ever -- not to mention the savings on your water bill from thinking green when watering your plants and lawn.
A nice lawn need not be mowed golf green short.
Experts agree that it's better to mow regularly, but to remove no more than one-third of the blade length at a time. Why?
First of all, it's good for the grass, minimizing the stress it is under. Secondly, longer blades discourage weeds and pest insects, which eliminates the need to apply pesticides and herbicides, which can be toxic.
Longer grass also shades the roots more and helps prevent the soil from drying out. That leads to healthier roots, so your lawn will be hardier. It should also require less water in the long run.