How Much To Water Your Lawn

Your lawn is one of the most important parts of your home. It has a big impact on how your neighbors and guests view your property, how well you enjoy it, and more. Keeping it lush and green is important, and a big part of that is figuring out just how often and how much to water the lawn. There are plenty of variables that come into play, and sometimes getting an exact answer isn’t easy to do. But there are a few guidelines that will help you figure out just what the right amount of water is.

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For starters, you need to understand that over watering is just as bad for your lawn as under-watering it is. Too much water can cause fungus or disease to set in on your grass and could kill it just as fast as a long period of dry weather. With that in mind, you need to remember to never water too much.

Simply put, there is no simple answer to this question. The key to figuring out how much to water your lawn is really to determine the different signs that your lawn needs water and then adjust your watering plan based on that. Look for wilting on the blades of grass, or for a blue-gray tint that could set in on your lawn. If you see those signs, or yellowing grass, you certainly need to water it.

 

The general rule of thumb is that your lawn needs 1 to 2 inches of water per week, and that the water needs to reach a depth of about 6 inches. Start by setting out either a rain gauge or some kind of container to catch water – a tuna can is perfect for this. Turn on your sprinklers and let them run for about a half hour. Then, measure your water amount. You’re looking for about half an inch of water. Then check the depth with a probe or screwdriver. If it plunges into the lawn easily, you’re done with your watering. If not, you may need to continue up to one solid inch.

Different types of grass require different amounts, and you’ll want to look into exactly what your species requires. Also try to avoid standing pools of water or large streams of runoff. This is a sign that you need to switch off the sprinklers and let the water soak into the ground for a while.…

How To Add A Slow Drip Underground Soaker

Whether you have a vegetable garden, a flower garden, or just a yard that you want to be as lush and green as possible, keeping the vegetation properly irrigated is the key to success. While the most common way of watering an area in your yard may be to use a traditional sprinkler, is not necessarily the most effective way to get the job done. An underground soaker delivers water right to the roots of the plants rather than letting the majority of the water evaporate, as is the case if you use a sprinkler.

While the idea of adding a slow drip underground soaker may seem like a complicated are daunting task, the truth is that it is surprisingly easy to set up this type of system completely on your own, even if you do not consider yourself to be incredibly handy around the house.

To start with, you will want to install a Y fitting at the spigot that you’re going to be using that way you do not have to remove the irrigation hose if you need to use the spigot for some other purpose. This is also the time to consider adding a battery timer to automate the system so that you do not have to worry about remembering to turn your irrigation on and off. In most of the communities out there, the municipal water supply is under relatively high pressure, which makes purchasing a pressure regulator a good idea.

Using half-inch tubing will provide you with the best results in most situations. If you are just going to be installing the irrigation system in a straight line, the entire process will be fast and easy. If, on the other hand, you have a complex network of plants that you want to ensure get adequate water, you will need to use fittings to connect different pieces of tubing in order to navigate around your plants.

About every 4 feet, you should use a stake to hold the tube in place and you should punch a hole in the tubing near every plant. A 1/4 inch transfer barb can then be placed in the hold you have punched and connected to 1/4 inch tubing.

Once you have laid out your tubing and are certain that you will be able to provide adequate irrigation to all of the vegetation that you are concerned about, it is absolutely crucial that you take the proper steps in order to seal off the end of the tube. Probably the most effective way of doing this is to use a figure 8 fitting to securely kink the tubing at the end so that you are not wasting or losing water.

The entire process of installing this type of system can generally be done in an afternoon and the results speak themselves as you watch your plants grow and thrive even if the weather is not cooperating. No matter what type of plants you are growing, a drip irrigation system will save you money, time, and virtually guarantee your gardening success.…