A lush green lawn is an aesthetic appeal in an area used for playing or relaxing purposes. Lawns need a lot of care such as mowing, seeding and regular watering to maintain their natural beauty. Watering lawns is a very tricky process because they require a lot of water, especially if they are located in dry areas. It is therefore highly recommended to explore watering strategies that use less water but still keep the grass healthy.
Watering lawns should not necessarily be done on a daily basis; lawns should be watered only when they need water. Plants only take in the amount of water they need, excess water on the lawn would either evaporate into the atmosphere or percolate downwards to the water table. Different types of plants require different amounts of water; many people may fail to realize when they are over-watering. Using a shovel, it is important to dig three inches under the surface to check the moisture content in the soil. Even if the soil appears dry yet the moisture content is high, there is no need for watering. Another method of determining whether the lawn needs watering is an observation whereby footprints remain on the grass for long. Grass also acquires a blue-gray tint and older plant leaf blades curl up when the moisture content is low. Watering when it is necessary is the most efficient lawn watering tip.
The best time to water a lawn is very early in the morning or very late in the evening. At these times the air is usually calm, reducing the risk of some of the water being drifted by the wind. When using sprinklers, some of the water is likely to evaporate before hitting the ground during the day. Early in the morning and late at night are the best times to water a lawn as the least amount of water is lost to evaporation.
The sprinklers should also be adjusted to water the lawn only and not the sidewalks or the streets. Portable printers are ideal for this purpose. Sprinklers vary in range and distribution methods, the chosen sprinklers should match with the shape and size of the watering zone.
The soil type influences how often the soil should be watered, heavy clay soils for instance require more frequent watering. Leaving sprinklers running while it is raining is very wasteful. Sensors should be installed to automatically turn off the sprinklers when rainfall begins.