Commercial Lawns are water guzzlers. On average, most lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week to stay lush and green. That water can come from rainfall or irrigation. How often your lawn needs a drink depends on a host of factors, including things like soil type, sunlight, grass type and regional climate. The list truly goes on and on. In many municipalities, water restrictions are the norm, and lawn watering is high on the list of wasteful water activities. Fine tune your lawn watering skills with these easy irrigation tips.
A hose-end sprinkler is used for a small-to-medium size residential lawn area, NOT a commercial lawn. Check out different types of sprinklers to find the one that suits your lawn shape best. With all lawn watering, deeper, less frequent irrigation is best. This encourages grass to grow deep roots, which is one secret to growing a healthy, low-maintenance lawn.
Include a programmable timer in your lawn irrigation set-up. Explore the world of smart timers, which gauge irrigation schedules based on local rainfall, average temperatures and even the evapotranspiration rate of grass (how fast the grass is actually using water). Set your timer to water during low water-use hours. That typically coincides with a pre-dawn irrigation schedule, which is also ideal for minimizing water loss to evaporation. If at all possible, don’t water lawns at night, which makes them more susceptible to disease development.
Explore your commercial property’s soil type to make the most effective lawn irrigation decisions. For instance, if you see puddling each time you water, your soil likely has high clay content. This type of soil can’t absorb water quickly, but instead requires repeated, shorter watering cycles. On the plus side, clay soil retains water longer than sandy soil, which needs more frequent watering. Take a soil test to learn what kind of soil is hosting your grass and adjust irrigation cycles accordingly.
Reset your irrigation timer monthly. This is one of the most overlooked aspects of a lawn irrigation system. Don’t let your system run on summer settings once your region’s rainy season arrives. In some states, the local extension service or water management authorities posts timer setting recommendations online based on historical weather data.
Carruthers Water Management Program
State-of-the-art equipment, 24/7 monitoring and weather-based programming creates healthier, more beautiful landscapes with controllers that are set for site specific sprinkler, plant & soil types, and adjust daily for precise plant needs. Our designation as a Weathermatic Premier Partner allows us to provide the equipment upgrades and enhanced service as part of our regular service contract.
While at first glance watering your lawn seems simple, “irrigation” can be a daunting task. If you would like to consult a professional we here at Carruthers Landscaping would be more than happy to assess your needs and assist you in finding the best irrigation options available to you.
If you have any landscaping needs; commercial or residential, don’t hesitate to give our team at Carruthers Landscaping a call at (972) 620-9560.