Maintain a Healthy Lawn Throughout the Summer Swoon

For homeowners, proper lawn care can pay numerous dividends. A lush green lawn can be fun to sculpt, affording homeowners the chance to get outside and soak up some sun. And that lawn also adds to the property value.

While lawn care can be a rewarding hobby in more ways than one, it can also prove frustrating at times. Summer heat waves can be taxing on the lawn, drying it out regardless of how much hard work goes into its maintenance. Though summer temperatures can prove a formidable foe, understanding how to keep a lawn properly watered can go a long way to keeping your lawn lush during the most grueling of summer swoons.

How Do I Know When My Lawn Needs Water?

In general, a lawn should be watered every day during the warmer months, with the exception being days when it's already raining. However, there are signs to indicate when a lawn is especially in need of some extra water, and that's often when it's suffering from wilt or dehydration.

* Coloration. A lawn that's beginning to change color likely needs extra water. In general, a lawn that's wilting under summer heat will begin to turn bluish-green.

* Shape of the grass blades. Healthy grass blades should be straight. However, grass that is suffering from wilt or dehydration will begin to curl. This might not be as noticeable to the naked eye as discoloration, but lawn care enthusiasts will notice this change of shape.

* Imprints. Footprints won't remain on a healthy lawn, but a lawn that's wilting or dehydrating will likely be littered with footprints.

Which Watering Method Is Effective?

Watering techniques can vary depending on the size of the lawn. Many times portable sprinklers are adequate, not to mention inexpensive. When purchasing a portable sprinkler, consider the area you will be watering. Portable sprinklers often vary in their range, so be sure any portable sprinkler you purchase will be able to reach the entirety of the area you intend to water.

When purchasing a sprinkler, it's also important to consider the shape of the area the sprinkler will be watering. For example, an oscillating sprinkler is best suited for a large, rectangular area, whereas revolving sprinklers are best suited to smaller, circular areas.

Another effective means to watering a lawn is to purchase a supplementary sprinkler for those smaller areas that might go unwatered. These can be areas under a tree, beneath a backyard deck, or any other area that might be blocked from an existing irrigation system. Such areas still need water, even if they are shaded most, if not all, of the day.

How Can I Maximize Water I'm Allowed to Use?

Many areas, particularly those with especially hot summers, place watering restrictions during times of drought. As a result, homeowners are often looking for ways to maximize the water they are legally allowed to use. In general, morning is the most efficient time to water. That's because less water is lost to evaporation and wind drift in the morning, when the temperature is generally cooler and the summer breeze is not as strong as it will be later in the day.

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