High temperatures have gripped the SLC area yet again this summer, leaving some landscapes parched and dried out. Lawns can get especially thirsty when the heat rises and care strategies don’t keep up, so we’ve gathered some basic watering advice that can help keep your patch of earth looking good and growing healthy through the heat of deep summer.
Keep your systems in good shape. Most often, this means a basic tune-up of your sprinkler and irrigation arrays. In many cases, broken sprinkler heads, clogged lines or other common defects prevent water from getting where it needs to go. These issues can be fixed with basic maintenance. If you really want to be ahead of the curve, you can also opt for a smart watering system from SmartRain. With moisture, rain and irrigation flow sensors, you’ll never need to worry about over- or under-watering your business or residential lawn.
Time your watering sessions. This bears repeating: it’s definitely wise to give your property a watering when it can do the most good. Try not to water in the middle of a hot, sunny day, as that’ll just immediately hit your effort with a round of evaporation. Watering is best in the cooler hours before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Some choose to run their sprinklers in the early morning or late in the evening to maximize their water usage.
Water deep and even. It’s important to remember that pooling water and shallow irrigation sessions do little for the overall health of your lawn. The goal is to deposit about an inch of water across your whole expanse of lawn — if some spaces are getting more or less, that could lead to problems down the road.