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26 Oct 2016
How Much Is Too Much Water For Your Lawn

How Much Is Too Much. The Secret Watered Lawn.

How much water is too much water when it comes to your lawn? What’s the correct water amount that will keep your lawn healthy and give it that perfect green luster?

Rarely will a person put too little water. Most often they will apply too much water (yes even the gardeners we pay thousands of dollars to each year.)

With that in mind, it’s a must that you have knowledge of the right amount of water that will give you that perfect green lawn.

After reading this article, you will no doubt have the lawn care knowledge to achieve that goal. So, let’s get into it by first exploring some of the negative effects over-watering can have on your grass.

How can over-watering impact your lawn?

If you’re applying too much water to your lawn, there are a few warning signs you might notice. Let’s start with this one…

*Fungus: Over-watering keeps grass wet which promotes fungal growth. If you notice mushrooms or reddish/orange grass (which is a symptom of rust fungus) you’re probably over-watering.

*Weeds: In particular crabgrass and yellow nutsedge, both are a lawn care nightmare. Both are known to thrive in over-watered areas that are too damp for healthy grass to grow.

*Insects and Pests: When you over-water your grass grows what’s known as thatch. Which is basically just partially decomposed plant material that forms a dense mat on the soil surface. This stuff is a breeding ground for insects and pests. What’s even worse, the thatch often provides a habitat for them to hide from pesticide!

Now that we know some of the signs and symptoms of over-watering let’s get to the matter at hand.

How much water is too much water for your lawn?

When it comes to watering your lawn, less is often more.

You don’t need to water your grass for 10-15 minutes every day. So turn off the sprinkler and put away the water hose. For most lawns, all that’s needed is one deep watering, once per week. Depending on how big your lawn is a deep watering session will take between 1-3 hours. During a deep watering session, the goal is to lay down 1 inch of water on your lawn. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less.

If you use a sprinkler system, you can measure how long it takes for your system to put out an inch of water by placing coffee cans in the yard and measuring periodically until the can has filled with an inch of water. Getting your sprinkler amount right is mandatory if you want a healthy lawn.

Conclusion

I don’t think many would disagree with this statement. One thing you fall in love with when you become a homeowner is your lawn. You want the blades just right, the grass the perfect green, the landscape free of brown spots and insects. Indeed, for many of us, our lawns are somewhat of a trophy. If you want that trophy to shine bright and beautiful, be sure to not over-water!

 

14 Oct 2016
3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green This Fall

3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green This Fall

With the winter nearby, you might not have a lot of time to think about your lawn. Lawn care isn’t easy after all. You might feel that you do not need to take care of your lawn as the grass grows more slowly during the fall. However, it’s exactly now that plants need more care, as they are preparing for the hard winter ahead by absorbing more energy, moisture, and nutrients than before. If you want a green lawn, these Fall Tips are some of them that you need to follow.

1. Do not stop mowing

However, do no trim more than one third of the grass blades at one go. Your lawn needs to get at least an inch of water every week and continue to remove any dead leaves that you would find.

Mowing the lawn from time to time, especially those patches where you can see or where you suspect any weed growth. Keep cutting to the right height to get the best results when it comes to lawn care.

2. It’s time to aerate the soil

Aerating the lawn will mean that your plants get more fertilizers and oxygen that they will need to power themselves during winters. This will also prevent the soil from being covered with thatch. The plants would be able to get more water, oxygen and nutrients from the soil helping them deal with the upcoming winter.

Fertilize your lawn this Fall. This is because while the grass leaves tend to grow more slowly now, the grass roots do grow more quickly and they need food.

3. Grow a thick lawn

Growing thick patches of grass and other plants in your lawn can actually help counter weed infestations. These thick grass and plants will outnumber the weed seeds or weed plants as the case may be. They will prevent the weed from sucking away the important resources needed by your essential plants.

A periodic but infrequent dosage of weedicides in your lawn is important. Despite the best of the measures taken by lawn owners, sometimes weeds find their way into the lawn. Weedicides can help kill off weed plants and seeds.

These simple lawn care tips will help ensure that you have a green lawn.