Watering is one of the most essential aspects when it comes to lawn maintenance. You can resort to all weed control methods, fertilization methods, and pesticide prevention steps, and yet, they will account for nothing if you are not watering correctly. This is why you must be aware of some principles in regards to watering to maintain your lawn.
Know your Soil
Before you can start sprinkling water across your lawn, you must know about your soil. This is because each soil type varies in its ability to retain water. A helpful analogy would be a gas tank. Some hold more fuel while others hold less.
There are primarily three types of soil components, silt, clay, and sand. Silt and clay-like soils retain roughly about 1 to 1.2 inches of water. This is the maximum amount of water that this type of soil can absorb.
Thus, your ultimate aim when watering for this type of soil is to make sure you provide it with 1 to 1.2 inches of water. More importantly, you want to ensure that the lawn slowly utilizes this amount of water completely so that you can provide it with the same amount of water the next time.
Your Lawn Needs to Dry
This is something very critical and interesting for lawn care. Grassroots need oxygen to survive. Hence, if you keep your lawn wet all the time, it is likely to drown. It is, therefore, important for the soil to be dry so that it can allow oxygen to enter back into the soil.
Another reason why it is healthy for your grass to dry is that roots follow moisture. This means, as water descends from the surface of your grass into the soil and spreads underneath, the roots tend to grow longer in search of more water. Longer and voluminous roots result in a healthier lawn and one that is more resilient.
Therefore, watering infrequently, yet deeply is the way to go when watering your lawn. Watering every day does not allow the grass to dry, and it stays wet all the time. An over-watered lawn is susceptible to all kinds of bugs and fungus growth.
Do a Sprinkler Test
Having a sprinkler system on your lawn can be incredible. They are great installations that contribute to even watering and hassle-free lawn maintenance. However, they can also be responsible for the lawn’s damage if they are not watering effectively. To check whether they are working at their optimum, you can run a sprinkler test.
This test involves turning on the sprinklers and observing whether they are watering uniformly to all areas of the lawn. If you feel any uneven distribution of the water, you can make the adjustments accordingly.
With these simple principles in mind, you can be more conscious the next time you water your lawn. Determine your soil type, find out how much water it can retain, and do not water frequently, instead, allow your grass to dry completely until you can water it again.