5 Feb 2014

Summer Watering Tips

Posted by Leo

Summer Watering Tips

The two biggest mistakes homeowners make when watering their lawn are using too much water and watering at inappropriate times. Lawns need far less water than most homeowners assume: Depending on lawn and soil types around 20mm each week is more than sufficient for the most luxurious lawn. A rain gauge can be a useful tool to measure how much water the lawn has received, or a simple tuna can or container of similar depth can substitute. If the lawn receives regular rain, additional watering is usually unnecessary, and excess moisture may even damage the lawn. Yellow or pale grass is a sign of over watering.
To make the most of lawn maintenance and watering, it is vital to water at appropriate times. Watering the lawn in morning or midday can be a waste: much of the water will evaporate before it can be absorbed. The best time to water is in the late evening, after the sun has set, or during the early morning when the air is coolest. Furthermore, the lawn can drink best if the water is added all at once. Watering for just a few minutes every day only provides enough moisture to reach the upper roots, while the lower root system continues to dry out. This may damage the lawn by making it more susceptible to surface damage. Watering for a longer length of time on fewer days allows the deeper roots a sufficient drink and will easily sustain a healthy lawn.
Other lawn watering tips include:
Position sprinklers to avoid wasting water on house walls, driveways, and other non-lawn areas.
Move sprinklers and hoses periodically to avoid damaging the grass they rest on.
Watering the Lawn Can Be Fun
During the summer, it is easy to combine lawn maintenance with outdoor fun. Children love playing in sprinklers, and by moving the sprinkler to different parts of the lawn while they play insures that every blade of grass has a drink. Similarly, letting children control the hose under parental supervision not only gives them a fun way to cool off, but also introduces them to household chores and responsible lawn maintenance. If a kiddie pool is a common plaything, empty it over different parts of the lawn to recycle those litres of water.

Water Savings
Homeowners have more litres of water at their disposal than those that come from sprinklers, hoses, and watering cans. A little creativity can help conserve water and lower summer water bills while caring for a gorgeous lawn. Need to wash a car? Drive it onto the lawn and take advantage of every runoff drip as extra lawn care. The same technique can be used for washing pets or rinsing off outdoor furniture and toys.
Can laundry water a lawn? Absolutely, with greater savings than most homeowners imagine. Skip the spin cycle to cut electricity bills and string the dripping garments over a clothesline to let them give the lawn a drink. After a BBQ, empty Esky’s over the lawn to reuse the now melted ice to refresh the grass.
Where else can you find a few extra drops to recycle on lawn maintenance?
When cleaning a fish tank, pour the used water onto the lawn instead of down the sink.
Toss used ice from cool drinks onto the lawn instead of down the drain.
Install water tanks or a grey water recycling system

 

Dry Landscaping
If water bills are “too big a drip in the budget” and the homeowner is drowning in lawn care, low-water landscaping (called xeriscaping) can solve both issues. When replanting flowerbeds or bushes, choose drought-resistant plants. The best flora are those native to the region, since they are naturally accustomed to the level of precipitation and will require less additional water. Not only will they help reduce water bills, but their natural beauty will enhance the home’s value.
If installing new plants is too much trouble or expense, simply removing plants reduces water consumption. BC Sands has a large range of decorative rocks, pebbles, mulch and bark in a range of colours and styles, and a rock bed accented with a statue, gazing globe, or birdbath can be a unique and attractive alternative to thirsty flower beds. Consider adding a path or wider landscaping curbs to further decrease the overall lawn area.
From summer fun to creative recycling, homeowners have many options to water their lawns without opening the flood gates on high lawn water bills. Each step may only be a small drip in the bucket, but they can add up to saving plenty of water and money while managing a healthy lawn that families will enjoy all year round.

 

Leo Stanners

Marketing Manager

BC Sands

 

www.bcsands.com.au


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