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May 01, 2013
With the recent hot weather and more on the horizon, area lawns and gardens have begun to need attention. Remember to water the grass early in the morning when temperatures and evaporation rates are low. Choosing this time rather than mid-day will result in greater conservation and cost savings due to less water loss from evaporation.
What’s more, watering your lawn during the heat of the day can actually harm the grass. Scalding and burning can occur when the hot sunlight hits water droplets on leaves. Alternately, watering at night isn’t ideal either, as the cool, moist conditions create a suitable environment for lawn diseases to develop.
Here are a few other e+ tips to help you save water and money this season:
- Remember that 30 minutes twice a week is all your lawn needs. Watering too often results in a weak, shallow-rooted lawn that becomes less tolerant to drought and more dependent on frequent watering. By irrigating deeply and only when necessary, you will help ensure a healthy, deep-rooted lawn.
- Be sure to water when the grass begins to wilt. At this point, the individual grass blades fold inward, and the lawn will look dull green.When you can see footprints after walking across your lawn, it has wilted and it’s time to water.
- Aim sprinklers properly to avoid watering paved areas.
- Use native plants in the garden whenever possible for their drought-tolerance and ability to thrive with little, if any, fertilizer.
- Mulch areas to help retain moisture and prevent erosion.
- Install moisture sensors on automatic irrigation systems to prevent programmed watering in the rain. Also repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads promptly to avoid wasting water.
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