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Sprinkler Tips
Automatic sprinkler systems save a lot of time by watering your plants on a set schedule. The problem comes when we forget about our sprinkler systems, and they water our plants like it is summer all year long. Sprinkler systems should be adjusted weekly, or at the very least seasonally, to make sure plants are getting only what they need.

If you are ready to upgrade your sprinkler system, consider getting a smart controller. The smart controller automatically adjusts irrigation schedules in response to changing weather conditions. A smart controller monitors information such as rain, wind, temperature, humidity, soil moisture, the amount of time it takes for water to evaporate and plant type, to calculate the amount of water needed to keep plants healthy.

Lawn Tips
  • A lawn that is properly watered and fertilized has fewer problems with weeds and disease. Regular mowing is a good method of weed control.
  • The key to success is to develop a balanced program of lawn care. If you mow little, then fertilize and water little also.
  • The water requirements of your lawn depend on a number of things: the type of soil you have, wind velocity, humidity, temperature and the type of grass.
  • Water your lawn when the soil begins to dry out, before the grass wilts. Take a walk across your lawn in the morning, if the impressions of your foot prints remain visible for more than a few seconds then your lawn needs water.
  • To cover 1,000 square feet with an inch of water takes 624 Gallons or 83 cubic feet. Did you know, 12 inches of loam soil hold about 1 inches of water, a sandy soil about half that much, and clay soil twice as much?
  • Lawns in clay soil need water less often but water must be applied at a slower rate to avoid runoff. How long your lawn can go between watering depends on several factors. Roots grow only where there is water. If you constantly wet only the top few inches of soil, the roots do not venture deeper resulting more frequent watering. That means trouble because frequent watering keeps the surface wet, which is ideal for weeds and diseases.
  • To keep grass roots growing deeply, moisten the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.
  • Afternoon watering has several disadvantages. During the afternoon, evaporation caused by the wind and sun is at a maximum, which means that less of the water applied actually reaches the lawn. Wind can disrupt sprinkler patterns, causing poor coverage. Local water consumption is usually highest in the afternoon, which can result in low water pressure. Keep in mind too, that drought symptoms are more evident in the afternoon and evening. These symptoms can be induced by the higher temperatures and winds typical of that time of the day, but are not always an indication of water stress. Often the grass regains its bright green color as temperatures and winds subside. In spite of these disadvantages, light watering in the afternoon can benefit your lawn on hot days. Water just enough to moisten and cool the grass blades. Most lawns become wet at night naturally by the dew, but you may still water in the evening. But keep in mind that a water-soaked lawn overnight may promote disease. Early morning is the ideal time to water. Morning watering usually takes advantage of less wind, milder temperatures, and adequate water pressure. Unlike the afternoon, water has time to soak down to the roots without evaporating.

Reasons to have lawn

There is nothing quiet like an expanse of fresh green lawn - it is the perfect backdrop for summer daydreamers.
  • When it is hot, a lawn reduces glare from the sun and keeps the surrounding area cooler.
  • When it is windy, the blades of grass trap particles of dust.
  • When it is rainy, a lawn stabilizes soil and prevents erosion problems.

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