Lawn Watering Practices That Will Help You Preserve Water

Water preservation is really beginning to take a forefront in the priorities of homeowners and environmental activists alike.  These practices can help you save both water and money, and are easy to incorporate into your routine.  Here are a few tips to remember from your Burlington sprinkler system installer.

Water in the Early Morning
You'd be amazed at how much of a difference watering in the morning makes.  If you're used to watering in the afternoon, then you're not getting the most out of your sprinkler system.  Much of the water that should be fed to your lawn is in fact going back into the atmosphere.  And while watering at night allows the water to soak into the soil, the cool weather forces the water to sit for too long, encouraging disease and mildew.  Any Burlington sprinkler system installer will tell you that watering in the early morning is when you'll get the most out of your irrigation system.

Get a Rain Sensor from Your Burlington Sprinkler System Installer
As a Burlington sprinkler system installer, we know there's no point watering twice in one day.  That's why we've made an effort to get rain sensors on our systems.  This technology will read when it has already rained one day, and stop your systems before they can water your lawn a second time.  Not only does this preserve water, but this also prevents your lawn from being over-watered, and reduces the amount you spend on utilities.

Know Your Soil
Each soil is unique, and will require different watering methods.  Clay soils have a harder time accepting water, due to their compact nature.  These will need to be aerated to allow water in easier, and will need to have a slower application of water to avoid run off.  Sandy soils, on the other hand, need small amounts of water in regular doses to avoid losing surplus water.  Sandy soils also dry much faster than clay soils, which can retain water for longer.

Don't Overwater
Grass doesn't need as much irrigation as your flowerbeds or vegetable patch.  In regular summer temperatures, your grass needs about an inch every four to five days.  In particularly hot weather, increase that to an inch every three to four days. 

Also remember that this 1" should be achieved with long, infrequent watering.  This not only ensures your lawn is only getting the amount it needs, but the long irrigation periods will encourage deeper roots from your grass.  As the water trickles further into the soil, your grass roots will need to stretch to gain the nutrients, creating a stronger and healthier lawn. 

In regards to gardens, if you want to save money on the frequent watering needed try a rain barrel.  Placing one of these under your eaves trough will collect water quickly, letting you save on watering your gardens every few days. 

Leave Your Clippings
If you want to give your irrigation system a bit of a break, try leaving grass clippings on the ground.  Clippings are made up mostly of water, so as they decompose over the span of a few weeks they will release water back into your soil.  Clippings also act as little parcels of fertilizer as they break down and deposit nutrients.  If you get a mulching mower, this process will be helped along greatly.

Don't let your money and water go to waste. Contact Nutri-Lawn for a complimentary quote from the most eco-friendly Burlington sprinkler system installer.