Effective Lawn Watering Techniques that Help You Conserve Water and Save Energy (Guest Post by Meticulous Plumbing)

By Guest Blogger, June 25, 2013, Energy Efficiency, Green

Effective Lawn Watering Technique that Help You Conserve Water and Save Energy (Guest Post by Meticulous Plumbing)Who doesn’t want a beautiful lawn? A green, healthy lawn coupled with vibrant plant life helps to create a pleasant introduction to people entering your home. With the proper lawn watering techniques, you can enjoy a gorgeous lawn and still conserve water and save energy in the process.

There are several steps you have to follow to get your lawn looking as healthy and lush as possible without taxing your water supply. To make sure that you get the most out of the effort you put into your lawn, you should start by properly fertilizing the ground and picking out the right kind of grass. However, many people tend to forget that you need to put just as much thought into the step that precedes all others: lawn watering.

First of all, you’ll need to consider what kind of soil your lawn has. Sandy soil, which is common in the Midwest, for example, drains water quickly. If your soil is mostly sandy, expect it to need watering 2 or 3 times a week. Clay holds onto water extremely well. A lawn that is on clay soil usually only needs to be watered once a week.

If you’re not sure how often your soil should be watered, don’t worry, your grass can answer that question for you. If the grass needs watering, the blades will roll up lengthwise to conserve moisture. It will also take on a slightly gray cast and lose some of its bright green color. Watch for these signs and water as needed to maintain a vibrant lawn.

Next, get a sprinkler timer and a collection of portable sprinklers or, if you can, in-ground sprinklers. In-ground sprinklers are preferable because they make sure that the water stays low to the ground and seeps deep into the soil which prevents the roots of the grass from staying right near the surface. Set up the sprinklers so that there is overlap in spray areas to prevent any spot from going without water.

Once you’ve got them set these sprinklers and attached them to the timer, set the timer to run them for 20 or 30 minutes just before dawn for sandy soil. If you have mostly clay soil, set them for three sets of ten minutes each, separated by 30 minute periods, with the last set occurring just before dawn. Normally there is less wind just before dawn, which will help make sure that the water soaks into the ground instead of blowing away. If possible, aerate the soil to make sure that the water can soak in properly, using the minimum amount of water for maximum yard nourishment.

Using a timer also helps you save energy, as opposed to running a sprinkler all day. The water timer is excellent because it allows you to water your lawn during dawn hours when you may still be asleep, and it limits the amount of time your sprinklers are on, which means you save energy. In this way, you can conserve water even as you use it to keep your lawn healthy. Be sure to set timers as above and do not water for longer, as you will over saturate your lawn and use more of this precious resource than necessary.

Pro Tip: Whenever you use hoses or sprinklers in your yard, make sure beforehand that your hose bibs are in working order. Hose bibs allow your hose to firmly attach to the water supply pipes and controls the release of water. Have questions? Contact a plumber for assistance.

If you can follow this guide, you’ll have a system in place that will help get your lawn all the water it needs to look its best and still save energy. Whatever your soil, stay consistent with your lawn watering and look forward to a healthy, stunning yard.

Located in Portland, OR, Meticulous Plumbing is a locally owned and operated company that specializes in delivery quality across all phases of plumbing – repair, replacement, and installation.

Lawn Watering image courtesy of Michael Tutton.

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