One of the largest concerns for any type of landscaping is whether the lawn, plants, and flowers are receiving enough water daily. Depending on the climate, the species of plant, the season, and even the time of day, the amount of required moisture can vary greatly. This naturally leads to several questions about how to approach watering a yard and other landscaping.
Here at A-Team Irrigation, it is our job to answer these questions, which thankfully can be broken down into a handful of easy-to-apply tips:
#1 New Plants Need More Water Than Established Plants
If you are adding any new plants to your landscaping, whether that be annual flowers, a new sapling, or even just grass seed, you are going to need more water at the outset than will be necessary later on. How much water, exactly, depends entirely on the type of fauna you’re trying to plant, but water considerations are more important at the outset than they are after the plants’ roots have taken hold.
#2 Water Deeply but Infrequently
When it comes to grass, only about one inch of water per week is necessary to maintain healthy, green grass. When you’re lucky, rain will take care of this for you, but in drier times (especially the summer) you may have to supplement with a sprinkler system. Avoid lighter, more frequent watering in favor of infrequent, deeper watering.
#3 Consider a Drip Irrigation System in Places
If sprinklers do big messy jobs with water to cover wide areas, drip irrigation systems are excellent for other types of landscaping because they don’t waste water and deliver a more precise amount directly to a plant’s roots.
#4 Time Your Watering
If you don’t have a timer on your irrigation system, investing in one can be the best way to ensure that you aren’t over-watering or under-watering, while also making sure that your watering schedules are consistent and efficient. There are several different brands and types of timers, so if you’re interested, an A-Team Irrigation professional can help you choose the best one for your needs.
#5 Be Mindful of Container Plants
Container plants are a different game altogether, as they dry out much more easily than in-ground plants and therefore need more special attention to ensure they do not dry up and die. Large containers are typically better, and using potting mixes for soil is a great way to make sure they thrive. Whatever choices you make along those lines, don’t forget to water your container plants more frequently than those in your flower bed.
If you are able to follow these simple tips, your landscaping will get exactly the amount of water it needs, meaning you won’t flood your plants or get charged an obscene water bill for over-watering, nor will you kill off your plants by starving them of the water they need to thrive.
As always, if you have any questions or need any help with your own irrigation systems, give us a call here at A-Team Irrigation, and we’ll help ensure that your yard gets exactly the moisture it needs for healthy, green plants.