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Hydration is Key

Hydration is Key

Watch Your Water – Partial Content by www.spring-green.com

When Mother Nature doesn’t supply enough rainfall, supplemental watering is integral to maintaining a healthy lawn. Remember too much water can be wasteful and even detrimental to the lawn’s lifespan, too little water can lead to turf that’s more susceptible to disease, insect, and weed infestations. A well-maintained lawn needs one inch of water per week to stay green and growing.

Instead of setting your automatic sprinkler system to come up every day to water each zone for 10 minutes, set the system to run only every three to four days for a longer time per zone — a practice which prevents roots from growing closer to the surface. You can use hoses and a pulsating portable sprinkler, leaving it in one position for 30 to 60 minutes before moving it to another location.

Early morning watering is best. Watering in the evening can increase the likelihood of disease development because the lawn will remain cool, dark, and moist for an extended period of time. If you are unable to water due to watering restrictions, your lawn will go dormant- the turf’s natural defense mechanism in which it will shut down all non-essential parts, like top growth, to keep the crown alive. Turf is a remarkable plant and most varieties can survive for four weeks or more without irrigation of any type. If the drought is severe enough, some lawn renovation may be necessary once it starts to rain or you are able to water again.

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