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Watering, Every Plant Needs It
By Scotts LawnService
The average lawn needs an inch or more of water per week. When there isn’t rain, watering is required. Making up the difference between what your lawn gets from nature and what it really needs will keep your lawn healthy and growing.
Your lawn dries out from the surface downward. Deep, thorough watering encourages deeper rooting of the lawn and means you won’t have to water as often. An inch of water saturates the soil to a depth of about six inches. If possible, apply most or all of your water in one to two watering per week. It’s a good idea to check your sprinkler’s output with coffee cans or some other measuring device to learn how long your sprinkler should be left on to deliver the required amount of water. Longer, less-frequent waterings are more beneficial than watering more often for short periods.
What you can do to help:
Our advice is to water when the lawn needs it and whenever you can. When you lawn has a steady supply of moisture available (from rain or sprinkling), it keep actively growing. When the lawn is growing, it holds its green color much better. Insects and disease are less noticeable, and your lawn can “bounce back” when it’s growing well.
·Provide enough water- Most lawns should receive at least one inch of water per week, either from rainfall or irrigation. If watering is needed, supply about a half to one inch of water every three to four days.
·Measuring the water- Set out four cans within the sprinkler’s range and run for one hour. Pour all four containers of the water into a large container the same diameter. Measure the depth with a ruler and divide by four to get the average water output for a one-hour period. Then, adjust accordingly.
·Time of day- Morning is best because less water will evaporate and the lawn will have time to dry. Midday is not recommended because of the high evaporation. Watering in late evening or at night should be avoided, because it encourages lawn fungus disease.
·Water restrictions- Water plays an important role in every aspect of grassplants’ lives. But beware not to sprinkle lightly, because that only wets the blades, not the soil, and it encourages lawn fungus disease. It is best to apply whatever water is available to selected areas and water as much and as often as allowed.
·Preparing a lawn to cope with drought- Proper mowing, watering, and feeding are essential when it comes to a healthy, attractive lawn. The overall good health of the lawn will ensure survival when it is forces into situations that are not normal.
·In Ground Irrigation Systems- For consistent watering patterns, a professional installed irrigation system will deliver the best results.
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