July 24, 2015
A healthy lawn requires a lot of work and time. Fertilizing and mowing need to be done from time to time, but watering is an ongoing task and can be tricky.
Watering Tips for Lawns
Watering your lawn properly is of the utmost importance to keeping your lawn healthy and timing is important. You should not water in the middle of the day when much of the water will be lost due to evaporation and possibly wind. Watering at night can cause the formation of fungus and mildew. Between 6-10 AM is ideal because the lawn has all day to dry. If that is impractical, then the next best time is between 4-7 PM.
Both how often you water your lawn and how much water you apply are also important. If you water too frequently with a small amount of water, the root system will be weak. Having longer time intervals and using more water promotes longer and stronger roots. Most lawns need between 1 and 1.5 inches of water a week. So you should apply .33 to .5 inches three times a week.
Benefits of Sprinkler Systems
One of the most important benefits of a sprinkler system is the health of the lawn. It will beautify the landscape around your Ann Arbor MI home and add to its value.
Saving time is a benefit as you won’t have to position the sprinklers, turn on the water and then remember to turn off the water. If you are away on vacation, you will not have to worry as the automatic system will water according to a preset schedule.
Sprinkler systems also save water by delivering the right amount of water at the right time. When you water manually, there may be leaks from the hose or connections wasting water. Even worse, some parts of the lawn will be over-watered and some spots will get little water. With an automatic system, your lawn will be beautiful and healthy.
Types of Sprinkler Systems
There are many choices on the types of automatic systems you could have for your Ann Arbor MI lawn. A lot will depend on the size and shape of your lawn and the types of soil and vegetation.
A spray irrigation system sprays water over the lawn and plants. The pop-up heads can be adjusted to spray a full circle, half circle or a quarter circle.
Soaker hoses are good for watering plants and dense areas of plants. With a soaker hose, the water seeps out at certain intervals along the hose. This helps conserve water as it is applied directly on the soil.
A drip system waters slowly and utilizes tubing that is placed near the base of the plants. The drops of water seep slowly into the ground one drop at a time. There is almost no water wasted with this type of system.
Rotor systems spread the water at a slower pace than traditional sprinkler heads. They can rotate in a full or partial circle and are considered more efficient than other sprinkler heads.
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