A beautiful lawn can provide you years of enjoyment—as well as a boost in your property value. The key to creating a lush garden, however, is knowing how to take care of it. Surprisingly, the most common issue in lawn care is watering. Even if you have an automatic irrigation system, you could still be watering your lawn wrong—leading to a dead lawn, and wasted money.
So how can you take better care of your yard, while saving money? Follow these three tips:
1. Follow the Early Bird Special
Many homeowners will schedule their irrigation system to water their lawn in the afternoon or early evening. This may make sense to some, as they will be able to watch their irrigation system and yard during watering. However, this can actually be detrimental to your wallet and your yard.
If you want to maximize the effective of your water, run your irrigation system in the morning. During the early morning hours, it is cooler, which means there is less chance of the water evaporating. It also minimizes the chances of your plants burning, or obtaining a disease or fungal issue.
2. Practice Cycle Watering
An automatic irrigation system will water the lawn for a specified amount of time, usually between 15-20 minutes. Although your plants do need sufficient water to thrive, they don't need to be bombarded with it all at once.
If you want to increase the effectiveness of your watering efforts, water your lawn in short cycles. Short bursts of water, usually between 2-5 minutes worth, will give your lawn plenty of water if you do several cycles. The short cycles will make the water absorb more efficiently, prevent it from pooling.
3. Utilize Rainfall Devices
A rainfall device is particularly handy, especially if you live in an area that gets plenty of rain. You should invest in two devices: a rainfall shutoff device and a rainfall sensor.
A rainfall shutoff device will automatically turn off your sprinkler system if your area received rain recently, while a rain sensor will automatically stop the irrigation system when it is actively raining. Both devices can help save you money, since your lawn does not need to be watered twice—by your irrigation system and Mother Nature.
An automatic irrigation system is handy for helping you water your lawn. However, it could be costing you more than you think if you don't use it properly. These three tips, combined with professional maintenance from a company like T & J Landscape Services, can help save you time and money—all without sacrificing the beauty of your lawn.