Let’s Save Some Water!
Most homeowners want to strike a balance between having an attractive, green lawn in the summertime and not wasting water on grass. To do this, it’s important to understand how to conserve water and still get your lawn the water it needs. Summer months often mean dry, hot months. If you’re getting afternoon showers on a regular basis, you might not need to water as often. But if there’s not a cloud in the sky, you probably are going to have to get out the sprinklers.
Water at the Right Time
One way to conserve water is to make sure that you’re watering your lawn at the right time of day. In the afternoon when the sun is hottest is not the right time to water your lawn. The water will evaporate before it does your lawn much good. In addition to wasting water, watering your lawn at the wrong time can also dehydrate your lawn. The best time of day is to water your lawn when temperatures are lower and there is dew on the ground. This means mornings or evenings when the sun is not at its midday hottest.
Pay Attention to the Wind
If the wind is blowing hard, you should not water. Wind can speed up evaporation and the water will not soak into the soil.
Reusing water or rain buckets are also great ways to get water for your lawn without using freshwater.
Monitor Your Sprinkler
When you’re using a sprinkler, check to see how the water is spraying across the lawn. Do not water the sidewalk or the road. That is just simply wasteful. Also, is the water pooling and running out of your lawn? If so, you should adjust your sprinklers for a better, even coverage of your lawn. If the kids are playing in the sprinkler anyway, move them around the yard while they play. In this way, the water can serve the dual purpose of watering the lawn and cooling off the kids.