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Lawn Watering Techinques

by Gregory Walker on 04/22/12

The proper amount of watering and technique is vital to ensuring a healthy green lawn.  Over-watering can be just as detrimental as not enough water.

Two methods can be used to determine if your lawn is getting enough water.  You can simply walk on your lawn.  If footprints remain on the lawn for a long period your lawn needs more water.  On a properly watered lawn footprints should disappear in minutes.  Another way to check is push a screwdriver into the lawn.  It should be able to be pushed in easily and soil moist to about 6 inches.

Keep in mind there is no two exact lawns and therefore each lawn will differ on the amount of water needed.  Clay soils will need less water and sandy soils will need more.  Typically a range of 1/2 inch to 11/2 inches of water is required every 2-3 days during the months of June-August, and 3-4 days during the cooler months.  You can check how much water your sprinkler system puts out by setting a measuring cup out during a water cycle.  See the amount of water being put out during this time and then adjust your time as necessary.  Remember each type of sprinkler head delivers different amounts of water.  Try not to mix sprinkler heads on the same zone.  The biggest difference is between a regular pop-up head and a rotor head.  The pop-up head is watering the entire area consistently while the rotor head is only hitting the same spot every so often.  Therefore, rotor heads will need a longer watering time than pop-up heads.

The idea is to get the water deep into the soil not the frequency of water.  Run-off is a major problem of most lawns.  The longer the sprinkler is on the more likely water is being lost to run-off.  To ensure proper watering try splitting the time required to get the desired amount of water into 3 separate cycles.  Example: If it takes 15 minutes to get 1/2 inch of water try watering in 5 minute cycles with an hour in between.  This is easy to do, split up your watering times of each zone and than simply create 3 different start times back to back.

As well as the proper watering amount the watering time is also equally important.  Living in the desert we all know not to water during the day.  Much of the water is lost to evaporation.  But watering to late in the evening is also damaging to your lawn.  If water sits all night in the cool temperatures this can lead to fungal diseases.  The best time to water is early morning.

If you need help adjusting your watering times or sprinklers give us a call at (801)423-1832.

Lawn Aeration

by Gregory Walker on 02/21/12

Many people don't understand the benefits of lawn aeration.  We simply think of it as that annoying salesman that comes around each spring and makes a mess of the yard.  However lawn aeration may be the best benefit for your lawn out of everything you do.  This simple step each Spring can help with all of the following problems. 

Bullet Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
Bullet Enhanced soil water uptake.
Bullet Improved fertilizer uptake and use.
Bullet Reduced water runoff and puddling.
Bullet Stronger turfgrass roots.
Bullet Reduced soil compaction.
Bullet Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
Bullet Controls pest problems associated with lawns.

The type of equipment and how it is used is vital in the success.  The best aerator for our type of grasses is a plug type machine.  This will pull a plug out of the lawn thatch (which is the part of the root structure about 2-3 inches deep). This will help with the thatch (roots) becoming to thick and basically choking themselves out.  The other main problem with grasses is compaction, which won't allow the roots to continue to grow.  The plugs allow the soil to loosen which encourages root growth.  The other two main benefits people don't realize with aeration is the greater success with fertilization getting where it needs to be and the ability to help with bill bug and other pest problems. 

Whether we do your aeration or someone else please make sure that the aerator is properly cleaned with a disinfectant before each use.  A common problem with aeration is the spreading of larva from different pests.  This can cause that lawn you have worked so hard at to have a pest problem. 

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