With the current drought conditions in the Northern California area, you may be thinking that your lawn could end up as dry as the reservoirs. That doesn’t have to be the case! A few simple tricks can get your grass green and healthy with minimal usage of water. You may just make your neighbors green with envy!
1. Sprinkle Early. Watering during cooler morning hours is ideal. Midday watering increases the amount of evaporation and is less effective. Start your sprinklers before 9 am for the least chance of evaporation water loss.
2. Avoid Concrete. Set up your sprinklers and double check that they hit the lawn or gardens only. Watering the driveway, street or sidewalk won’t help anything grow – except your water bill!
3. Drop In. Invest in sprinklers that produce droplets instead of mist. Or as an alternative, use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation for trees and shrubs. Soaker hoses are perfect for gardens as they can remain in place and stay hidden by foliage, even when not in use.
4. Don’t Soak. Overwatering is wasteful and unnecessary. Too much water can actually harm your landscaping and it can get expensive, especially in times of water conservation. Overwatering your lawn can lead to disease and fungal growth in unhealthy grass. Learn about your specific plants and what they need and water them appropriately.
5. Raise It Up. A taller lawn promotes deeper roots. A shady root system will hold moisture much better than a close shave. Raise your lawn mower blade to at least three inches for an optimal and water-saving trim.
6. Be Stingy. Water your lawn only when necessary. You can check if your lawn needs water by performing a footprint test. If footprints remain in your lawn and the grass doesn’t “bounce back,” it may be a sign that it’s time to water. Also be careful to not over-fertilize the grass. It can increase the need for water to keep it happy.
Need more lawn and watering tips? Head to any of our Friedman’s locations in Santa Rosa, Sonoma or Ukiah and ask our staff what they recommend for landscaping tips and tricks.