Many homeowners in San Diego are guilty of over-watering their yards. Of course we all want a nice, lush green yard, but this can be a very costly and unneeded exercise considering the high cost of current water rates. Proper watering of your yard can save you money and can also be more beneficial for your lawn and plants.
Here are a few tips:
Most lawns need 1 to 2 inches of water per week depending on water and soil conditions. A regular watering of at least once a week or more is important. During winter months when rain is more likely, less supplemental watering is required. If you have an automatic irrigation system, it is a good idea is to have a rain sensor installed to prevent unnecessary watering during periods of rain.
A good drenching once or twice a week is better for your lawn than daily light sprinklings. Deep watering produces strong, deep root systems that can safely withstand drought. This requires a long, thorough soaking of the soil ideally to a depth of at least 6 to 8 inches. How long it takes to supply this much water varies depending on the efficiency of your sprinkler system, soil type and weather conditions.
Time Of Day
Early morning is the best time to water because water pressure is high, it is still cool so evaporation is low and seepage into the soil is best before the sun becomes too warm. Late afternoon is the next best time to water but be sure that it is early enough for the moisture to dry before nightfall. Night watering is NOT recommended because the lawn and other plants stay wet for a longer time promoting diseases.
Drip irrigation systems can be a very efficient way to water your flower bed plants, eliminating waste from runoff and evaporation. Drip heads (or “emitters”) can be installed to deliver water to the plants exactly where they need it and you can control the volume of water by varying the type and number of emitters set up for each plant.
Automatic timers for irrigation systems should be reset to take into account seasonal rainfall and weather conditions. If you have any specific questions regarding the watering of your yard or if you’re interested in having an irrigation system audit please contact us for an appointment.