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Summertime Watering Tips

Summer time is here and many homeowners like to water their lawns and landscapes to keep the grass green and the plants healthy.  Here are some tips to follow for effective and efficient watering.
 
1. Water in the early morning.  This is the time to water because lower temperatures mean less evaporation.  It usually is calm in the morning so water covers the lawn without blowing around.  Watering in the morning allows your grass to dry out during the day which helps prevent fungus developing in your lawn.  Automatic irrigation systems are the most convenient way to water but hoses and lawn sprinklers will do the job just fine.
 
2.  For newly seeded lawns it is important to keep the young grass plants well watered throughout the first summer.  This allows the grass to send roots deep into the soil where water evaporates more slowly.
 
3.  After fertilizing lawns it is important to use some extra water which allows the fertilizer to release into the grass.  It will also help prevent a “burning” effect from the nitrogen in the fertilizer.
 
4.  Watering heavily a day before mowing helps to reduce the browning on the tops of the blades of grass and helps your lawn recover quicker.  Make sure your mower blades are sharp.
 
Using these tips you should be able to barefoot on your lush green lawn all summer.
 
Watering Trees & Shrubs
 
For established plantings watering is usually not required in our region unless there is a severe drought.
 
For newly planted trees and shrubs the first summer is critical for long term success.  Be sure to water deeply using a slow soaking method to prevent runoff. Treegators and soaker hoses are good methods of deep irrigation. Typically one or two deep waterings per week will be sufficient.  Know the water requirements for the variety of plants you have.  Some plants like dry.  Most plants to not like to stand in water for long periods.