Watering and maintaining your lawn is often a chore. And in the hot summer months, watering the lawn can be a waste of precious water. Here are a few ways to extend the life of the lawn and cut down on your watering time.
1. Pest-proof your garden. To give your grass a natural resistance to pests such as billbugs, webworms, any worms and chinch bugs, spread seed that has been inoculated with endophytic fungi. Grasses that are inoculated are more resistant to drought and disease.
2. Let your grass go dormant during the dry summer months. If you apply this methodology to your lawn, it will go green during the fall raining season. You will also avoid fewer disease and pest problems than if you constantly irrigate your grass.
3. Don’t overfeed your grass. Lawns that use unnatural methods to grow may develop more diseases. Lawns in the North require only one feeding per year. Apply the feed to your grass in the early fall or late summer months. In the Southern region of the US, spread only half of the lawn’s fertilizer late in the spring and apply the other half of the lawn treatment in the summer. See more tips here.
4. Water your grass early in the day — before the sun gets too hot. If you water the lawn early in the morning, you will double the amount of water that touches the lawn and reduce any incidental evaporation. Also, if you water your grass and garden before dawn, there will be plenty of time for the moisture to dry before nightfall – when your wet grass is most likely to develop serious fungal diseases.
5. Install a whole house filter and salt-free water softener. If you are interested in filtering out chemicals in your water, a salt-free water softener from PelicanWater.com not only creates better drinking water for your pets, it’s a great source of water for your lawn and garden.
6. Cut your lawn higher in the summer. An extra half-inch of grass will help to shade the roots of the lawn. A higher height protects the grass against drought and reduces the need for constant watering.
7. Promote a mossy lawn, instead of trying to cut it. If your lawn is mossy, you have a stretch of velvety green grass that requires no mowing. To promote the moss, treat your lawn with aluminum sulfate or sulfur dust. When the grass dies — rake it out, and then add water to the soil to keep the surface of the grass moist.
8. Avoid oscillating sprinklers and use the pulsating ones instead. A built-in lawn watering system is the best for watering your lawn. While the pulsating sprinklers are more expensive than the oscillating type, the investment will help your grass stay green and help it grow.
9. Watch out for compacted soil. This type of soil dries quickly because the water can’t soak into it thoroughly and completely. To keep the soil from compacting, run an aerator over the grass. The aerator punches small holes into the soil that allows air, water and fertilizer to reach the roots.
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