Watering your lawn and plants pose the question, how much and how often should you give them a drink to keep them healthy? It’s tricky to factor in rain, heat, and your irrigation system. You also need to consider the time of day, how often to water, and which plants will need some extra tender, loving care.
Your landscaping is one of the first things people notice when they pull up to your house. Keeping it healthy, vibrant, and lovely to look at is a good investment. When you pull up to your home at the end of a long day, a well-maintained lawn and planter beds will bring a smile to your face. Curb appeal has value even if you’re not putting your house on the market.
Finding the right balance for watering lawns and plants is essential. If you need a professional opinion or a company to take this task off your hands, call 410 Lawn Guy. We’ll keep your yard in top shape, so you don’t have to.
Setting an Irrigation Clock for Watering Your Lawn and Plants
If you live in an area that doesn’t get much rain, you’ll want to set your irrigation clock to water twice per week. Even if the top of the dirt feels dry, that doesn’t mean the ground below isn’t saturated with water. To get a feel for moisture level, stick your finger in the dirt or take a wooden dowel and stick it about six inches down. If it comes out clean, it’s dry.
Many people hire a professional to turn on their irrigation systems at the beginning of the season and winterize it in late fall. This is an excellent thing to put on your calendar so your beautiful landscaping doesn’t start the season compromised. Or the pipes freeze and break because it slipped your mind.
410 Lawn Guy can care for all your lawn care needs, so you don’t have to worry about proper plant care and mowing your lawn.
When is the Best Time to Water Your Lawn and Plants?
Watering your lawn and plants should be done in the morning. Watering in the day’s heat will burn plants and traumatize your yard.
A good rule of thumb is about one to one and a half inches of water for the week. That includes rain so keep that in mind because overwatering damages healthy lawns and plants. This will vary during heat waves and the peak summer season. Ideally, you want sufficient water about six inches below the surface. That helps the plant’s root systems stay healthier and thrive on a hot summer day.
Calling in the Professionals for Lawn and Plant Care
While many people would prefer to take care of their own landscaping, the reality is that time is scarce for the average homeowner. You want the most beautiful yard in your neighborhood. You may have lawn envy – 64% of the general population think their neighbor’s lawn is the best. Consumer Reports’ poll also noted that 44% of homeowners had damaged their mowers and the irrigation system by running over a sprinkler head. Neither are cheap to fix.
If you are using broadcast sprinklers, be aware of how many windy days you have. A professional can assess your lawn and adjust the sprinkler heads to ensure your property gets adequately watered. Keeping your trees and shrubs appropriately watered is paramount. Newly planted trees or shrubs will need to be thoroughly soaked several times a month.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your lawn and gardens in pristine shape without lifting a finger? Wouldn’t it be nice, not to second guess yourself on the proper lawn and plant care? Give 410 Lawn Guy a call now so you can sit back and relax, knowing top-notch professionals will take care of that job so you don’t have to.