Effective Lawn Watering Tips
Mow grass to a height of 2 to 3 inches. Taller grass shades the roots and soil surface, which helps the amount of water lost to evaporation.
Sprinklers and sprinkler heads that throw large drops in a flat pattern are much more effective than those with fine high sprays, which can be blown about and evaporated quickly.
Don’t water your lawn too much by forgetting about manual sprinklers. If you use a manual sprinkler, buy a timer attachment that hooks on between the faucet and hose, or set a kitchen timer to ring in 15 minutes to remind you to move the sprinkler.
Recycle water by using barrels to collect rain water from gutter downspouts and using this rain water to water landscape vegetation and indoor plants. You can order a rain barrel online at: https://recycleminnesota.org/work/compost-bins-rain-barrels/.
Not all soil is the same. If your grass grows on mostly clay soil, between 1/4 and 1/2 inch of water per hour can be absorbed before it starts running off. If you have sandy soil, you’ll need to water more often and for shorter periods of time.
Use root feeder or water-aerator probes around trees and bushes. Even for the biggest trees, you need go no deeper than 18 inches while 8 to 12 inches if plenty deep for smaller trees and shrubs. The probes get water precisely where it’s needed and simultaneously create lots of little holes that provide aeration benefits.
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