Irrigation & Water Management Tips For Your Virginia Lawn
A common question posed by our clients is how frequently they should be watering their lawns, and how much water to actually use. We strive to provide solutions that are both environmentally and economically considerate. In this blog, we'll discuss our Irrigation and Water Management recommendations.
Water Management Considerations
Water is essential for the survival of all living things on Earth - including your lawn. But properly irrigating your lawn entails more than just turning on the sprinklers or irrigation system. Freshwater is a precious commodity, with only 2.5% of all water on Earth being fresh and drinkable. America alone uses five times more water for irrigation than other developed countries. So, using water for irrigation in a responsible and mindful way is crucial to preserving the environment and ensuring our collective prosperity for years to come.
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How Often Should You Water Your Lawn?
Determining how much and how often to water your lawn is a complicated question with multiple variables such as your irrigation system's water pressure, setup, and weather conditions. Addressing all of these factors can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to optimize your irrigation system.
If you already have an installed irrigation system, contact your irrigation company to discuss the best settings for your system. Ensure that the system is functioning correctly and that you have a working rain gauge. If you don't have an irrigation company or are using your own system of sprinklers, invest in a timer for your hose, which can be found at most home improvement stores or online.
For the DIY homeowner, one of the best ways to determine how long to water your lawn is by conducting the "Tuna Can Test" a few times a year to account for seasonal changes. The "Water, Use It Right" website provides helpful diagrams for understanding how the tuna can method works, as well as a calculator to help you determine your watering schedule. By paying close attention to your irrigation system, you can optimize your water usage, save money, and maintain a healthy environment.
Pro Tip: We always recommend deep and infrequent watering vs shallow and frequent watering. Shallow, frequent watering can cause several other issues, such as:
- Increased Lawn Disease
- Shallow Roots
- More Weeds
- Algae Formation