In the drought-stricken city of Coronado, water has become an increasingly precious resource. Yet, many residents have been wasting it to keep their lawns green and lush, not realizing that they are using too much water reserves.
Water conservation is not the only reason why it’s important to reduce the amount of water you use for your lawns. Water rates have soared in the past years and we see little hope of that trend changing. On top of that, overwatering can cause damage not just to lawns, but even to shrubs, trees, annuals, and container plants. Watering your lawn too frequently can drown its roots and can create more weeds.
How Much Water Is Enough for Lawns?
Caring for your lawn is a year-round process. To be able to keep insects, diseases, and weeds at bay, you have to control the amount of water you’re giving it. In general, fresh turf requires one to one and a half inches of water a week. Too much and you’ll risk overwatering your lawn.
In an effort to conserve water and not worry of whether they are using too much water for their lawn, many Coronado residents are starting to consider the use of artificial grass while some are utilizing native plant species as a landscaping alternative.
But if you are one of those who are not ready to give up your fresh turf just yet, here are some ways you can do to water your lawn more efficiently.
- Irrigate Deeply Once a Week. Many people water their lawns for 15 minutes each day. But as it turns out, this makes a lawn a shallow-rooted water junkie that would require more water every day just to maintain its lush and green look. Irrigating twice a week is also plenty. By watering your lawn deeply once a week, it will be more drought-tolerant and prevent the growth of loathsome weeds.
- Use a Rain Barrel. Capturing rainwater can help you conserve water. Also, harvesting rainwater from gutters with a properly installed rain barrel will limit the amount of runoff on your lawn and reduce the pollution that otherwise go into streams, rivers, and other bodies of water.
- Don’t Use a Sprinkler System. Because they are so easy to use, sprinkler systems trick people into utilizing more water than they should. They simply set the timer and never really think of how much water they are wasting. Make sure to use a water meter so you don’t overwater your lawn.
- Keep the Grass at Its Tallest Recommended Height. In drought-stricken areas like Coronado, tall grass can remain greener longer than short ones as it offers shade and cools the ground, minimizing loss of moisture.
- Irrigate at the Right Time. Avoid watering your lawn in the blazing hot sun. Otherwise, all the water will simply evaporate even before reaching the roots. The ideal time to water lawns is during the early morning right before it gets hot (between 4 AM and 9 AM). This ensures that the water makes it to the roots.