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A Lesson in Lawn Watering

Lawn & Yard Care

Even if the idea of watering your lawn sounds like a no-brainer, that doesn’t mean we don’t run into the occasional “oops” along the way. Luckily, there are effective lawn watering tips and smart, easy solutions for preventing these errors (or fixing them if they’ve already occurred!).

    1. Mistake: An “Any-Sprinkler-Will-Do” Attitude

No lawn is created equal, which is why Gilmour’s sprinklers aren’t either. To conserve water by spraying only where you need to, consider your lawn’s size and shape. Then select the best sprinkler for your space.

First, determine your lawn’s square footage with the Gilmour Lawn Size Calculator. Just plug in your address, use the tool to measure the area you’re watering and decide from there whether you need a sprinkler for a small, medium or large space. Next, think about your lawn’s shape. Not all lawns are created equal, which is why your lawn needs a sprinkler designed to cover your specific yard shape and size.

The Adjustable Pattern Master Circular Sprinkler, for example, is ideal for circular- or irregular-shaped spaces and lets you customize the spray pattern. You’re the water-spray designer—just pull the pegs up to shorten the spray reach, or push down to lengthen the distance. You’ll feel happy waving goodbye to water wasted on your sidewalks, siding and neighbor’s lawn.

    1. Mistake: Ignoring Your Grass’s Needs

You should also take your grass’s age into consideration. A fully grown lawn can handle a more powerful spray, whereas newly seeded lawns need a gentler touch. If you only have a small area of newly planted seeds, a Stationary Square Sprinkler works well for gentle spot-watering, while an Adjustable Length Wind-resistant Rectangular Sprinkler covers a bigger area.

For a sprinkler that grows with your grass, try the Adjustable Circular Sprinkler. The diffuser pin allows you to customize the force of your spray, from a steady shower for new grass to a more powerful stream for mature lawns.

    1. Mistake: Watering at the Wrong Time

To water well, timing is everything. Water in the early morning—between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Midday watering leads to wasteful evaporation, while nighttime watering causes droplets to cling to grass overnight, increasing the chance of lawn diseases.

A Dual Outlet Electronic Water Timer will prove handy for mornings you’re away or want to sleep in. Just program the start time, frequency and duration of watering, and let the timer take care of the rest. The dual outlets allow you to hook up two hoses at once and program separate schedules for different parts of your yard. We suggest attaching a Flexogen Super Duty Hose, as it easily curves around your house without kinking and connects to your spigot without leaking—saving you water and money.

    1. Mistake: Watering the Wrong Amount

Besides knowing the timing of when to water, you’ll also want to know how long to let your sprinkler run. Although overwatering is a common mistake, it’s also one of the most detrimental. Unless you have newly planted grass seed, you shouldn’t water your lawn every day.

Frequent, shallow watering wastes water and money. It also leads to a number of lawn problems, including diseases, insect infestations and damage from heat and cold. Watering longer less frequently, on the other hand, produces deep roots that allow lawns to better survive periods of drought. The ideal watering schedule is once or twice per week, for about 25 to 30 minutes each time.

The most beneficial thing you can do for your lawn? Pay attention to it and be consistent with your watering schedule. Smart practices will lead to a healthy lawn. And a healthy lawn will always be our way to a Betterday.


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