July 25, 2015
Here are some tips on watering your lawn….
- Decide before hand.
Decide before summer heat and drought conditions arrive, to either water lawns consistently as needed throughout the season, or let lawns go dormant as conditions turn hot and dry. Do not rotate back and forth. In other words, don’t let the grass turn totally brown, then apply enough water to green it up, then let the grass go dormant again. Breaking the lawns dormancy actually drains large amounts of food reserves from the plant.
- When is it time to water?
The first few warm days of summer does not automatically mean to water lawns. In fact, allowing lawns to start to go under mild drought stress actually increases rooting.
Watch for foot printing, or footprints remaining on the lawn after walking across it (instead of leaf blades bouncing back up). Grasses also tend to turn darker in color as they go under drought stress. Sampling the root zone soil could be another option.
- Water as infrequently as possible.
Thoroughly water when you do water so moisture soaks down to the roots. Exceptions to this general rule would be for newly seeded lawns where the surface needs to stay moist, newly sodded lawns that have not yet rooted into the soil, or when summer patch disease is a problem. Otherwise, avoid frequent waterings that promote shallower root systems and weeds (e.g., crabgrass).
- Water early in the day if possible.
Given a choice, water early in the day when lawns are normally wet from dew. Avoid midday watering due to excessive evaporation, and at night due to potential increased chances of some diseases gaining a foothold. The exception to this guide is when you are in extremely hot weather and nighttime temperatures don’t go below 68 degrees. Then it is better to water in the late afternoon or early evening, providing you don’t have watering-time restrictions. Early or late in the day reduces the amount of evaporation that takes place during the very hot day, allowing more water to reach the root zone.
- Spread the water uniformly across the lawn.
Sprinklers vary in distribution patterns, and require spray overlap for uniform coverage. Placing coffee cans or similar straight-sided containers on the lawn can help measure water application rates. Avoid flooding areas, or missing other spots. On heavy clay soils and slopes, watch for excessive runoff; it may be necessary to apply the water in several applications to allow for adequate penetration.
- Water conservation.
To help conserve water, mow your lawn at a higher than normal height, avoid applying an excess of nitrogen as warm weather approaches, limit traffic over the lawn, improve turf rooting, control thatch and soil compaction, and avoid pesticide use on drought stressed lawns. Don’t allow water to hit the driveway or into the street. This is just wasteful.
- Avoid overwatering
Use a rain gauge to measure how much water you’re applying. Overwatering does more than deplete the water supply, it also makes plants prone to pests and adds to storm water runoff, which pollutes our water systems. By choosing and operating a watering system correctly, you can reduce water bills, insect and disease problems, and maintenance requirements. For example, the more you water your lawn, the faster it grows and the more it needs to be mowed.
- Hold off watering after fertilization and hold off fertilizing if heavy rains are expected.
To reduce the possibility of having fertilizer wash into our water system, don’t water heavily soon after fertilizing. Use light waterings to give the fertilizer the opportunity to be absorbed by the soil. Also, if heavy rains are in the forecast, hold off fertilizing until the heavy rains have passed.
- Monitor rainfall
Don’t water the lawn if rains are expected soon. Keep track of rainfall for the week. Don’t apply more water to the lawn than what is absolutely necessary. The guide of about 1″ of water per week is only a guide. If your lawn doesn’t get that 1″ of water, it’s not going to die.
patio and stairs from the back of the house in ann arbor
retaining wall on a property in ann arbor
terraced wall at night with lights in ann arbor michigan
terraced steps with pavers and stone in ann arbor
Quaint Dining Patio
Paver Patio and Retaining Wall
Patio With Fire Pit Area
Curved pathway off paver driveway
Paver Patio and Outdoor Kitchen
Boulder Wall and Paver Steps
beautiful sunset with freshly mowed lawn in foreground
Request an Estimate
“We recommend Twin Oaks to any entity looking for a full-service, talented, and responsive provider.”
Secretary/Treasurer of Doral Creek Condominium Association, Ann Arbor, Michigan
January 26, 2023
How a Residential Landscape Maintenance Plan Can Change Your Life
Caring for your lawn and property requires a lot of time and effort. Most homeowners learn quickly that caring for their property can easily encompass their evenings and weekends. If you have a busy lifestyle with career, family, and other... Read More
January 24, 2023
Advantages of Hiring a Local Landscape Design Contractor
There is more than meets the eye in a functional, aesthetically pleasing landscape design. Highly valued landscape designers have the creative talent and expertise for combining both art and science to create customized landscaping and gardens for... Read More
January 20, 2023
The Professional Difference: Landscape Design Installations
When you partner with a landscape contractor to help you design and install new landscaping around your property, it’s important to understand that there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Landscape Design Installation experts have knowledge and... Read More
January 18, 2023
Laetz Project Spotlight
The best backyards are relaxing and beautiful, and these Ann Arbor homeowners were struggling with getting the functionality they wanted from their backyard. Drainage issues were creating soggy, unusable areas and this family wanted to take the... Read More
January 11, 2023
Proper Pruning Creates Beautiful, Healthy Trees, Plants, and Shrubs
Pruning is a complex matter of balancing every plant’s preferences, resources, and good health while keeping your landscape trim and looking fabulous! Your professional landscape company should know every proper pruning technique, as well as... Read More
December 13, 2022
Planning Ahead: Tips for Designing and Preparing Your Spring Garden Now
Most likely, you’ve just put this year’s garden to bed and finished your fall clean up. Now you’re looking at early morning frosts and waiting for the snow to fly. Preparing your spring garden is likely the furthest thing from your mind. But... Read More
December 8, 2022
Take Your Commercial Property to the Next Level with Exterior Accent Lights
Lighting for safety is the bare minimum. If you have a commercial property, it is well worth investing in landscaping, and that means installing landscape lighting that combines safety, security, and aesthetic appeal. Combining different styles of... Read More
December 6, 2022
Benefits of a Professionally Designed and Installed Outdoor Lighting System
If your home doesn’t already have outdoor lighting, you may be considering installing it. If your home is beautiful during the day, it can be just as beautiful at night with the right lighting design. Outdoor lighting enhances the curb appeal of... Read More
December 1, 2022
Comprehensive Guide to Winter Pruning
Winter pruning is healthy for most plants, since you are pruning during the time when the plant is dormant. The plants will have time to recover before flowering, all the energy of the growing season can be put toward new, healthy growth when spring... Read More
November 30, 2022
Dangers of Poor Lawn Drainage in Winter
Poor lawn drainage isn’t fun in any season. You’ll deal with insect infestations, fungal diseases, weeds, soil erosion, nutrient-deficient grass, and more. Ignoring a soggy lawn is never the right solution. The longer you let the problem go, the... Read More