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Are you good at watering your grass?
If you are like so many homeowners, watering your grass can be a major pain. Not only do you have to remember to do it, but you also have to track the weather to make sure you are accounting for potential rain so that your yard doesn’t end up over-watered.
If you are looking for ways to better take care of your yard, here are some easy tips to keep in mind.
- Set a schedule. The best way to make sure your lawn is getting properly watered is to go ahead and set a schedule for you and your family. You should be watering your yard twice a week, and that is it. This way you know when you're watering, and you get in the habit of doing it. One of the best times to water your yard, according to experts, is to water your yard in the morning when it is cooler and when winds are often much calmer. This will help to ensure that the water can more easily soak into the soil and be absorbed by the grass before it evaporates.
- Soak the yard for long enough. According to Popular Mechanics, you need to water your lawn for long enough that it moistens the soil as deep as 6 inches. If you are unsure if your lawn is getting enough water, there is an easy test you can execute: Take a long-blade screwdriver and push it straight into the lawn. It should easily penetrate the soil. If the screwdriver doesn’t go down and the soil is still hard, that means you are probably not watering your yard for long enough.
- Install a smart hose timer. These timers will not only regulate when your yard should be watered and how much, but they can also be connected to Wi-Fi so that it can tune into weather reports to determine how much rain may be predicted in the near future to help regulate how much water your yard is getting. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of watering the yard for you.
- Know your soil type. The type of soil that is used to make up your lawn will be part of determining how much you are watering your yard. A sandy soil, as opposed to clay soil, needs more watering because it can’t absorb water as quickly or as much. The type of soil will also help to determine how long it will take for your water to be irrigated.
- Take it easy on new grass. If your grass has been recently planted and isn’t quite mature, you’ll need to alter how much you are watering. According to experts, it’s better to use oscillating watering on new grass so the water isn’t so strong that it pushes the seed.
Watering your lawn is an important part of any homeowner's regular chores. If you want a lush and beautiful yard, make sure you know what you're doing so that your lawn doesn’t end up too dry or too saturated.