Save Water While Keeping Lawns Green
The height of summer heat has yet to arrive. For those taking care of a garden or a lawn, in addition to wasting water, overwatering is just as bad as not watering enough.
A low-tech, low-cost method to test if your lawn needs more or less water is to push a long screwdriver vertically down into the ground. If the lawn is rock hard and it's difficult for you to push the screwdriver down, the lawn is too dry; if the screwdriver sinks in way too easily, the lawn is over-watered.
Here's another cheap and easy way to check and make sure your lawn is evenly watered by your sprinkler system so that you don't get soggy patches and bone-dry patches.
Place cups (any kind will do, but make sure they're identical in terms of capacity size) across your lawn in an evenly spaced grid. Turn your sprinklers on for 10 to 15 minutes and check to see if each cup contains about the same amount of water. If you see that 1 cup is half full but the cup 2 yards off is empty, then you know your sprinkler system isn't watering that patch under the empty cup. Move your sprinklers around or adjust the direction of the spray until you have a distribution of sprinklers that waters your lawn evenly.
Be aware that when it's hot, your lawn needs more water; but when it's hot and humid, it needs less water than when it's hot and dry.
How to figure out the above? Smart Irrigation Technology offered by EcoYard might help take the guess work out. This site provides other tips on how to keep your yard green and eco-friendly.
Smart technology allows you to know when there is a leak and shuts your system off. Some can even water according to the weather, so that you won't have to closely monitor weather forecast to decide whether or not your lawn needs to bigger drink of water than usual.Continued on the next page