Did you know the greatest waste of water is watering your lawn too much, too often? Here in Columbus, our water consumption is at its highest in the summer due to outdoor watering. Here are some watering tips to help you conserve water and save money on your water bill this summer.
- Water only when your grass needs it. Over watering is bad for your lawn and can contribute to the development of fungus and disease. Different varieties of grass have different watering needs. Learn what type of grass is in your lawn and what its specific needs are. Also, pay attention to temperature, humidity, wind, and sunlight – those factors affect how frequently you need to water your lawn. What’s the easiest way to determine when your grass needs watered? Look at it. Grass that needs water will look slightly bluish-gray and the leaf blades begin to wilt or curl.
- Water in the morning. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning before 10 am when the temperatures are cooler and wind is calmer so that evaporation is kept to a minimum.
- Aim your sprinklers on your lawn. This seems obvious, of course. Make sure your sprinklers are aimed so that the water hits your grass, not sidewalks, the street, or your driveway.
- Don’t water your lawn when it’s raining. This is another tip that may seem obvious. If you have an automatic sprinkler system or irrigation system, make sure it isn’t set to run when it’s raining outside. Also, don’t water if rain is expected later in the day or during the next day.
- Water your lawn deeply. Frequent watering for brief durations encourages weed growth and discourages deep rooting of your grass. For a lush, green, healthy lawn, water when your grass needs it, but apply enough water to penetrate the roots. Bluegrass lawns typically need watered so that 6-8 inches of the soil is moistened. Other types of grass require more water – water until you’ve moistened the soil 8-12 inches.
By following these tips, your lawn will be beautiful and you won’t break the bank when you pay your water utility bill.