Yeah, you want a beautiful lawn. But, it comes at a cost.
And there are more efficient ways than others to water your lawn. Since we have warm weather practically year-round, you can save a pretty good chunk of change by watering your lawn in the most efficient way possible.
Even when you do so, you’re not hurting the health of your lawn. We’re not advising you to do anything like that. Because, you want the best of both worlds: a healthy green lawn and reasonable water costs.
Here’s what to do to keep your costs efficient and have the lawn everyone in your neighborhood envies:
- Water from 4-6 A.M.
When the sun’s high in the sky like it is in the later morning and afternoon, it shines right on your water and evaporates around 50% of it. In other words, you waste 50% of the water you sprinkle on your lawn during that time.
However, water your lawn from 4-6 A.M. before the sun gets high in the sky, and that water seeps into the ground where your grass can access it. By the way, if you water later in the evening, you risk the water pooling and causing disease.
Early morning’s always ideal.
- Water Your Grass Only When It’s Dry
It’s easy to eyeball your grass and see whether it’s in need of watering. If your glass has a blue-gray tint, or if the blades are curling and wilting, it needs some water.
You can also step on your grass. Unhealthy grass can’t tolerate heavy weight well, so your footprint stays in longer.
- Consider a Sprinkler System
Yes, sprinkler systems cost some money up front. You’re not getting one because you want to save money immediately.
However, they add a lot of convenience. You can set them to water exactly when they need to, and that’s it. So, they’ll save you money and energy too.
- Make Sure Your Sprinklers Cover Your Lawn
If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it covers your entire lawn adequately. It’ll be obvious it doesn’t when you see parts of your lawn that don’t look healthy.
To avoid this problem, evaluate sprinkler installers carefully. Don’t underpay. The best companies know their value and charge accordingly.
The cheap guys don’t. They cut corners. And that costs you in the long run.
- Stop Watering If Runoff Appears
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, those are susceptible to error. Or, if you have a manual sprinkler, watering errors can happen too.
Give your lawn a quick lookover after a watering every once in a while. If you catch runoff, turn your system off. Have it inspected. And do repairs if necessary.
Too much water leads to the building up of thatch over time. And as mentioned earlier, it can cause disease.
Armed with these tips, you’re ready to save money while watering your lawn.
Doing things in the most efficient way feels great. And it allows you to use that money for other things you enjoy more.