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5 Tulsa Lawn Irrigation Tips You Can Benfit From
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Watering your lawn - it’s either something you’re incredibly passionate about, or dread
doing every year. Still, we all want the same result for our lawns; a healthy, green, lush,
and vibrant lawn we can enjoy throughout the Spring and Summer, and even into the Fall.
It may be an old stereotype to obsess over a perfectly green and manicured lawn, but the
fact is that it does make a difference to have a well-maintained yard you can be proud of.
While we’re not saying you need to spend every waking moment taking care of your lawn,
practicing the right techniques, especially when it comes to watering and overall irrigation,
can give you a beautiful, healthy lawn to be proud of. In Tulsa, the weather can make
irrigation more important than ever. Check out these irrigation tips, and don’t be afraid to
try them on your yard this season.
Avoid Daily Watering
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Even in the harshest of climates, daily watering is likely doing more damage to your lawn
than good. When you use a sprinkler or irrigation system in Tulsa, it’s important to have it
setup properly, so as to not overwater your lawn. Overwatering is one of the biggest
problems homeowners face when it comes to lawn maintenance. Why shouldn’t you water
every day?
Think about your own body’s internal system for an easy comparison. If we’re exposed to
ingesting too much water, we drown. A lawn’s root system is extremely similar. The roots
are shallow, and by watering every day, even lightly, you’re flooding that system and
essentially causing suffocation in your lawn itself, with no room for oxygen to pass through.
Grass needs oxygen to grow and stay healthy. Instead of watering everyday, do a deeper
watering two, or possibly three times a week.
Water In The Morning
Watering your lawn any time of day can give you results, and if your grass is dry, it will
appreciate a drink any time. But, by watering your lawn in the morning, it allows your grass
to dry in the mid-day sun, which makes your lawn less susceptible to diseases. When you
water in the cooler mornings, it also reduces overall evaporation of the water, and gives it
more time to actually be absorbed into the roots. If you currently have a sprinkler or
irrigation system, try changing up its schedule every month, or at the very least, every
season.
Don’t Water The Sidewalk
Have you ever been walking or driving by someone’s yard, and you notice the sidewalk, or
even the street is wet? There are many areas of this country that experience regular
droughts, and while Tulsa may not struggle with that as often, it’s never a good idea to
waste water, and money, by allowing your sprinkler or irrigation system to run out of your
lawn. If you have this issue with your current system, call a professional to check it out,
and readjust your system accordingly so your lawn is getting the right amount of water it
needs - not the street!
Monitor Rainfall
Rainfall is the world’s natural irrigation system, and if you’re regularly watering your lawn,
it’s important to keep track of rainfall in your area, or if rain is expected. You’ll need to
make adjustments to your watering schedule, accordingly. There are two big factors that
come into play when considering rain:
1. Don’t apply more water to your lawn than what is necessary. One inch of water is a
guideline, but not always a necessity. If it rains, for two hours, or two days, make sure
you’re keeping track of the amount of water in the soil. Don’t be afraid to test it before you
water again to configure how much more water it might actually need after the rain, if any.
2. Watch the forecast before fertilizing. If rain is expected in your area, hold off on
fertilizing your lawn until it passes, and definitely don’t water your lawn heavily after
fertilizing. A lot of water can simply wash the fertilizer into our water system, not into the
ground. A light watering is fine, giving the fertilizer more time to be absorbed into the soil,
but rainwater and watering yourself can lead to nothing more than an unfertilized lawn, and
chemicals being poured into our water system.
Check Your Systems
Every month, it’s a good idea to check your sprinkler or irrigation systems. Look for
clogged or damaged nozzles, heads that are turned the wrong way or are being blocked
by turf growth - this can cause problems when it comes to runoff and water delivery. When
you’re running these kinds of system regularly, you want to make sure they’re always in
good shape so you don’t end up experiencing bigger problems down the line. If any of your
equipment needs repair or replacing, call a professional to do so. It’s important to have a
sprinkler or irrigation system that is functioning efficiently to give your lawn it’s healthiest
growth and overall look.
Whether you’re a lawn enthusiast at heart, or just want your yard to look great this season,
these tips will keep it in good shape, and will hopefully save you a bit of time and money. If
you have any other questions about lawn watering, irrigation systems, or sprinkler systems
in Tulsa, don’t be afraid to contact Affordable Irrigation Tulsa - we’re happy to help with
any questions, or come install the perfect system for your yard, so you can experience the
healthy glow of a perfectly green, lush lawn, no matter the season.