Friday, June 3, 2011

Water lawns less often but for a longer period of time!

With our drought, lots of homeowners are watering their lawns. This is good, but most homeowners that I've talked to are watering daily for only a short period of time. This is not a good idea because the water isn't going into the soil deeply enough to encourage good roots. So start by watering slowly and deeply to encourage roots to travel deeper.

Here is a good article about Water wisely to pull lawn through this drought by Kathy Huber with the Houston Chronicle.

She states:

When grass blades look dull, roll and fold and don’t bounce back, water slowly and deeply to encourage roots to travel deeper, away from the quickly drying, hot soil surface. If we don’t get much-needed rain, repeat weekly to help get your turf through this extremely dry period.

“Contrary to popular belief, lawns do not need frequent waterings,” says Doug Welsh of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

St. Augustine and zoysia need ¾ to 1 inch a week to stay green. Bermuda requires ½ inch a week.

Apply an inch of water and you’ll wet our typical clay soil about 6 inches down, Texas A&M experts say. This is adequate for grass roots.

Be sure to read the rest of the article for more good information!

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