An Excess of Water isn’t Always the Solution During a Drought

Hurricane season is well underway, as anyone not living under a rock knows very well. Nevertheless, what we refer to generally as the rainy season hasn’t quite started yet despite the huge amounts of rainfall that some areas of the country have been experiencing due to hurricanes. For those of us living in Southern Utah or other predominantly dry areas, don’t click away. There is somewhat of a misconception concerning your irrigation system in regards to droughts and otherwise dry climates.

We all know that water as a resource is very limited and precious. Many people in Southern Utah unknowingly and needlessly expend more than enough water than is necessary to keep their lawns and vegetation looking vibrant. In fact, over-irrigation usually creates more problems rather than solving them. If your grass, for example, gets too much water, you are making your greenery a lot more susceptible to diseases and insects, as well as stressing out the roots due to lack of oxygen. Too much water actually results in oxygen suppression for your plants. They won’t grow as deeply in these situations. Too much water can also transport nutrients away from where you want them to be and into the water table.

Here are some tips when it comes to watering, which in actuality apply to most climate types, but especially dry ones:

-You don’t need to water your lawn every single day, despite what your peers are telling you. Especially if you have a professionally installed irrigation system by Precision Landscaper or a similar group, the turf is really the only area that needs special attention. An application twice a week of a 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch of water should be sufficient. You can even turn your irrigation system off and simply turn it on when your turf shows the beginning signs of wilt. This way you’ll conserve water and your grass will still look great.

It’s also worth noting that you can minimize evaporation by having a professionally-installed irrigation system. You can set it to only apply water just before sunrise or after midnight when the wind is typically low and the low temperatures will result in less evaporation. Additional techniques will also lower the amount of stress on your plants; things like only pruning when necessary, fertilizing using a more delayed schedule, raising the height of your mower, and mulching everything (especially around the roots of your plants). Mulch will keep plants cool and minimize weeds. Try to keep the mulch from making contact with the actual shrubs and trees.

And always remember that regular maintenance is required for all types of irrigation systems if you want your lawn to consistently look great as well as allow your system to last as long as possible. Be careful to not make contact with sprinkler heads when mowing. Make sure that regardless of what timing system you go with that you are always turning it on at least once a week to check for any irregularities in performance.

Remember that extra water is not always the solution to a wilting lawn. Smart watering is the solution.

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An Excess of Water isn’t Always the Solution During a Drought

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