Lawn sprinklers are an important tool for homeowners trying to cultivate curb appeal. They are not difficult to operate, but many people, nevertheless, make mistakes that affect their lawns. To keep your yard as green and lush as possible, avoid these common sprinkler errors.
3 Common Sprinkler System Mistakes
It is almost as unhealthy for your plants to receive too much water than to receive too little. Normally, lawns need about an inch of water per week to stay healthy, and more than that can flood the roots. For most systems, it takes about an hour to produce one inch of irrigation. Place a bucket on your lawn in the sprinkler's path to see how long it takes to accumulate an inch, then divide that time between three sprinkling sessions per week to get the best results.
2. Watering in the Afternoon
It's best to water your lawn in the morning when the temperature is cooler and the sun is not directly overhead. It prevents the water from evaporating immediately and gives it time to soak into the soil. Also, moisture on the grass can act as a lens that concentrates the sun's rays. Before the sun has fully risen, that is less likely to happen.
3. Watering Everything the Same
Grass needs a great deal of water because it does not have an extensive root system. Trees and shrubberies, on the other hand, have roots that stretch out in all directions and can soak up moisture in a large radius around the plant. Trees and shrubs do not need as much watering as lawns do. In fact, you should only water them about half as long as you do the grass.
To have a custom sprinkler system installed in your yard, contact Whittemore Sprinkler Company in Lincoln, NE. They are family-owned and -operated and have served residential and commercial clients throughout Lancaster County for more than 55 years. They also specialize in lawn sprinkler repair, so you can trust any system you buy from them to continue working for many years. Visit their website to learn more about the company or call (402) 476-8552 to request an estimate.