Summer is right around the corner bringing rising temperatures and longer days. This often gives people the idea to leave the sprinklers on longer to keep their grass from drying – which is bad for both the watershed and your pocketbook. Here are 6 ways to keep your grass green while preventing over-watering your lawn this summer:
- Signs of overwatering: Keep an eye out for brown patches, access weeds, and pools of water in your lawn. These are all key signs that your lawn might be receiving more water than it should.
- Avoid watering in the day: Due to the high temperatures, most of the water will evaporate before it touches the grass. Schedule your irrigation system for once a day at either 8 am or 6 pm.
- Keep it short and sweet: Make sure you do not schedule your irrigation system’s cycles for over 5 minutes. Any longer than 5 minutes and you can drown your lawn and cause runoff.
- Inspect your irrigation system: It is important to inspect your irrigation system at least three times a week to ensure that there are no leaks and the sprinklers are properly aligned.
- Broom Broom: Hosing down your driveway will result in runoff and sends unnecessary clutter from our lawns into the storm drains. Opt for a broom instead and sweep up the mess.
- Raise the blades on your lawn mower: Keeping the grass at a higher length maintains its moisture and keeps it healthy throughout the summer.