Water conservation is always an important thing to consider when taking care of your lawn. Whether you’re trying to establish a new lawn, or looking to improve the health of a mature plot, water is a critical component of any lawn care regiment.
But that’s not to say you should just set your Burlington inground sprinkler system and forget it. Certain lawn conditions can be a bit difficult to handle in an efficient and effective manner. Ensure that you’re doing everything you can to limit runoff and conserve resources by following these tips from the Burlington inground sprinkler system experts at Nutri-Lawn.
Irrigating a New Lawn
Newly seeded lawns require extra attention in order to ensure proper germination and well-established roots. As such, pay close attention to your watering habits during the first four weeks of your new lawn’s life. You’ll want to water your lawn deeply, thoroughly, and frequently during this period. Aim to give your lawn five to seven centimetres of moisture each week. Continue to do this until the grass has sprouted. At this point, you can cut applications back to three centimetres of water without much trouble.
How to Maintain an Established Lawn
Established lawns don’t require nearly as much water as new lawns in order to stay healthy and happy. At the very least, you’ll want to set your Burlington inground sprinkler system to soak your mature lawn with three centimetres of water once a week. Of course, if Mother Nature steps in and does the work for you, there’s nothing to worry about – provided you have a weather-sensing irrigation system from Nutri-Lawn. These inground sprinkler systems automatically skip scheduled watering treatments when rain is in the forecast.
If the weather hasn’t been cooperating and your lawn is currently suffering through a drought, don’t throw in the towel. While your turf likely looks like it’s dying (nothing says trouble quite like a brown and crispy lawn), chances are it’s just gone dormant in order to conserve resources. Continue to water your lawn in the same manner as suggested above – 3 centimetres a week – in order to keep the root system healthy and strong. Once the heat has broken, your lawn will likely bounce back without any trouble or need for additional fertilizers.
How to Efficiently Water Three Frustrating Areas of Your Lawn
Watering areas that are shaded, under trees, or on a slope can cause extreme frustration. What’s more, if these areas aren’t tackled with care, you could find yourself wasting a lot of water unnecessarily. Here are some water-saving tips to help you better irrigate these areas with your Burlington inground sprinkler system.
- Shaded Areas
Since heavily shaded areas hold moisture longer, don’t feel like you need to treat these spots at the same rate as other areas of your lawn. Water these areas sparingly with your Burlington inground sprinkler system.
- Treed Areas
Trees require a lot of moisture in order to stay healthy. What’s more, most trees pull this moisture from all layers of the soil, including the top 15 centimetres of topsoil. Unfortunately, this is the layer of soil that your turf relies on for nutrients. In order to sustain both your turf and your trees, consider watering these areas more heavily, especially during periods of drought.
Avoid runoff by watering slopes for shorter periods. Turn your Burlington inground sprinkler system on until runoff starts to flow, than turn it off and wait for a minimum of 30 minutes. Turn the system back on again and repeat this pattern until the slope has received sufficient water.
Improve the efficiency of your Burlington inground sprinkler system. Contact the experts at Nutri-Lawn and schedule a fall system tune-up today.