How To Water Your Lawn

Milwaukee Landscapers On The Best Way To Keep Your Lawn Green Through Summer

It might seem like a no-brainer. You water your lawn by turning on the sprinkler, or aiming a hose on it, right? Well, actually, there’s a bit more to it than this. Especially during the long, hot days of summer.

Surprising as it may seem, watering the lawn can actually do more harm than good if done incorrectly. So, without further ado, here are a few tips to ensure a healthy lawn all summer long, especially when Mother Nature isn’t helping out with any rain:

How To Care For A Lawn Over The Summer If You Don't Have An Irrigation System

Wrong way to water your lawn
WRONG! Watering by hand doesn't get water to the roots of your lawn, where it's needed most.
  • The best time to water is between 4 am and 9am, before the day heats up. Water every other day for 45 minutes in each area where your sprinkler reaches. The water needs to soak down into the roots, so anything less than 45 minutes will just make a soggy mess of the thatch and put your lawn at risk for turf disease.
  • Avoid watering during the day. It can be tempting to grab the hose when you look outside and it seems like everything is browning out, but any watering you do during the heat of the day is just going to evaporate before ever soaking into the soil. Worse yet, water droplets can even scorch the leaves of plants.
  • Watering your lawn at night may seem like a great idea, but it doesn’t give your lawn enough time to thoroughly dry out, which can lead to turf disease.
  • The best approach is to water more, but less frequently. Grass needs time to dry out in between watering. If you’re diligently watering every day, you’re risking problems with turf disease.
Irrigation system provides best results for lawns and landscaping.

YES! An irrigation system ensures water reaches the roots.

Irrigation Systems: Less Hassle, Healthier Lawns and Landscaping, And Lower Water Bills

Take a quick look back at number one on the list above and ask yourself how many mornings you’ll be able to get out of bed at 4am to turn your sprinkler on, then turn it off at 9am. Chances are, not too many. Which is precisely why irrigation systems are the only realistic solution to caring for lawns through periods when there’s little or no rain.

Irrigation systems can be installed in both yards and landscaped garden areas. Typically, a lawn will get sprinkler heads installed and landscaped areas will get a drip irrigation system. The irrigation system connects to the main water line going into your home, so you never have to go outside and turn a faucet on or off. The beauty of the system is that it can be programmed to start and stop at specific times—like between the hours of 4am and 9am.

A study by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation found that outdoor water use is by far the greatest portion of water used by the typical household. Because irrigation systems only run early in the morning or late at night when far less water is lost to evaporation, they are a far more efficient way to water a lawn.

Brennan Landscaping installs irrigation systems for new home construction, existing homes and for businesses with landscaped areas or lawns. Why not have us come out and give you an estimate on what it would cost to have an irrigation system installed at your place?

Contact our Milwaukee irrigation system installers today to arrange an on-site estimate for your home or business.

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