While the frequency at which you water your lawn should vary season-to-season, the amount of water you use should always stay the same. Still, you’ll want to identify what that amount should be.
An efficient watering wets only the turfgrass root zone, does not saturate the soil, and does not allow water to run off. Tampa soils can be sandy and hold one inch of water in the top 12 inches of soil. If the roots are in the top 12 inches of soil and the soil is dry, then ½ to ¾ inch of water is required.
Even if you water your lawn using a light amount of water at high frequencies, this would still be inefficient because it encourages shallow root systems. On the other hand, excessive irrigation keeps the root system saturated with water and harms the lawn.
A more Goldilocks-like watering schedule would apply ½ to ¾ inch of water when the turfgrass begins to show those drought stress symptoms listed above.
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Apply water uniformly
You’ll want to ensure that your sprinklers are set up correctly. Many counties in Florida require that Irrigation system installers be licensed, while in other counties, there is hardly any regulation. This may lead to sloppy installation, leading to water waste and non-uniform coverage of turf areas.
When sections of your lawn aren’t getting adequate water, this can cause dry spots to develop and lead to any of the problems associated with drought-stressed turf.
An easy way to check the uniformity of your irrigation system is to place small, straight-sided cans in a straight line from your sprinkler to the edge of the watering pattern. Then, run the.
Maintain your sprinklers
Regularly checking on your sprinklers is essential, even with a professionally installed system. If a head becomes off-center, clogged, damaged, or starts leaking, this can cause problems with your coverage. You’ll also want to ensure that valves are opening and closing correctly.
We routinely check our clients’ sprinkler systems when we come out for a treatment, and we’ll always notify you if we see something that needs to be addressed or raises a red flag.
Keep other factors in mind
Because every lawn is unique, there are many different factors to keep in mind. For starters,
not every part of your lawn will have the same irrigation requirements. Grass planted close to trees or large shrubbery will be in the shade for some part of the day. Some mature tree canopies may shade a portion of the lawn for an entire day. You may need to reduce irrigation to this part of your lawn in these cases.
Soil conditions will also influence water requirements. Sandy soils do not hold water for long and dry out faster than soils with more clay content. These lawns will generally require frequent irrigations than those growing on less sandy soils. Many urban soils are compacted, which does not allow water to penetrate and may result in waterlogged conditions or standing water.
Follow local guidelines
Be sure to know what limitations are in place in your community for outdoor irrigation. These may vary by season and are designed to save water, so be sure to follow the restrictions.
Give us a shout
If you’re struggling with finding the right irrigation formula for your lawn, we would be happy to help. Give us a call, and we’ll help you identify your lawn’s unique conditions and variables.