Automatic sprinkler systems can last a long time when properly installed and maintained. While most people can figure out how to turn a sprinkler on, many homeowners actually aren’t sure of the best days to water, how long to water and what the right amount of water is for their grass. Luckily, you have sprinkler pros on your side to walk you through the basics. Below are some tips for running your sprinkler system in Burlington County, NJ to keep your lawn healthy, green and strong.
Water early in the morning
Any sprinkler system professional will tell you that the best time of the day to water your grass is early in the morning. Before 10 a.m. is ideal. During this time of the day, temperatures tend to be cooler and the winds lighter. The chances of water evaporation are lower, and it keeps the turf cooler during the hottest parts of the day, which puts less stress on your grass. The next best time is late afternoon. Avoid watering in the evening because the water will stay on your lawn, keeping it wet overnight and leaving it open to issues like fungus and bacteria.
Let water soak in 6 inches
The depth of a healthy grass root system is 6 inches. That means you need to water long enough to moisten the soil about 6 inches down. Even though each lawn has different soil, it takes an average of 1 inch of water to thoroughly wet a normal lawn to that depth. Here’s a simple way to evaluate your sprinkler system’s flow rate: before the sprinklers come on, set a can in the middle of a watering zone and time how long it takes for it to fill up with 1 inch of water.
There are several ways to make sure your lawn is getting enough water. The most popular and easiest way is to take a screwdriver and stick it in the ground after watering. The screwdriver blade should puncture through the soil easily to a depth of 6 inches; if not, you need to water more.
Choose pulsating sprinklers
Built-in sprinkler systems are considered the best option for watering grass. Turned to the right settings, this is the most efficient and longest lasting system. But not everyone has in-ground sprinklers. To keep your lawn alive, a good tip is to invest in a pulsating (not oscillating) revolving sprinkler that connects to a garden hose. This option shoots water horizontally at high velocity so it beats the wind and won’t evaporate quickly.
Use a timer
If your irrigation system doesn’t have a timer, invest in one. Whether you use a digital or mechanical sprinkler timer, this device can save you time and water. All you need to do is set the timer to specific watering days and times (preferably in the early morning or late afternoon), then sit back and enjoy your healthy green lawn.
For more information about installing a residential or commercial irrigation system in Burlington County, NJ, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. anytime.