To make sure that your property looks as good as possible, you need to keep your grass in great shape. Ideally, you’ll want to hire landscape and garden services to help you maintain your lawn. However, there are certain things that you can do yourself.
To help keep your lawn healthy and green, here are five tips to watering your lawn.
- Smart irrigation systems
With smart irrigation systems, you will be able to control your sprinklers through your smartphone or a remote device. One of the best features of a smart irrigation system is its ability to monitor the weather and the moisture level of your soil. When the system finds that it’s going to be raining on a certain day, it will automatically turn off your sprinkles at that time.
These small adjustments can easily save around 20 to 40% of water. Additionally, it can prevent cases of overwatering, which can drown patches of your lawn, causing them to turn yellow or die off.
One of the only downsides to smart irrigation systems is its hefty price tag. However, because the system helps you conserve water, the money that you save on your bills can easily make up for the initial costs.
- Water your lawn early in the morning
As a general rule, you should water your lawn in the early morning, just before the sun is up. If you water your plants around noon, the sun will evaporate the water before it gets the chance to seep into the soil. If this continues, it can dehydrate your lawn and your plants. If possible, try to provide shade for your lawn and your plants. This will improve water retention by preventing too much moisture from evaporating.
When watering your plants, do it thoroughly. Light watering will lead to shallow roots that are vulnerable to high heat and dry weather. Also, if the soil gets too dry, it becomes difficult to get it wet and healthy again.
- Consider seasonal changes
When the season changes, you need to adjust your watering methods. Here are a few things to remember for each season.
Autumn is when plants begin to prepare for winter. The leaves will turn brown and they’ll start to shed. Around this time, lawns, trees and plants don’t usually require too much water around this time. Watering them once or twice a week should suffice.
Watering your plants during the winter is a delicate balancing act. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to water your plants in the morning. This way, the water will have made its way deep into the soil before nighttime temperatures can freeze it. Additionally, the moisture embedded in the soil can actually trap heat, further reducing the effects of cold temperatures.
In the spring, nature will usually step in for you. Keep track of how much rain your lawn is getting. You should provide supplementary watering if your lawn gets less than 25mm of rain in a week.
The summer is when you can put all your watering skills into action. If the heat reaches 30°C and upwards, you’ll have to water your lawn everyday.
- Fertilise your lawn
For grass and plants to grow, they need sunlight, moisture and carbon dioxide. They also need a number of macro and micro nutrients. Unfortunately, not all lawns are blessed with all the nutrients that they need.
Fertilisers provide the supplementary nutrients that help the grass thrive and grow. Nowadays, there are plenty of artificial and natural fertilisers that you can buy in-store.
For the best results, you should use fertiliser during the warm growth season. This means early spring for most people. Some areas will still have low temperatures during this time. If this is the case, you should wait until the temperature begins to rise again.
- Let the soil breathe
Aeration is the process of perforating the soil to allow moisture, fertilisers and air to reach the roots of your grass. For this purpose, there are aerating shoes, rollers and gas-powered machines.
After your lawn has been aerated, it’s best to pour top dressing on it. Top dressing is usually made of soil, compost and sand. This mix can improve your soil’s water retention and helps break down thatch.
Depending on the method you’ve used, you might end up with bits of grass scattered throughout your lawn. Over time, these bits of grass will eventually break down. If you don’t want to wait, you can also use your lawnmower to go over them.
Keep your lawn healthy with these watering tips. It’s going to take a bit of work, but in the end it will be well worth it. A lush and green lawn is sure to impress guests and potential buyers. More importantly, it will not distract from the beautiful and elegant design of your home.