I once had a lawn specialist (not someone I was using) pull up in front of my house while I was weeding and ask me what my secret was to our great-looking lawn. No joke. As an avid gardener, I smiled for weeks with his compliment.
Turns out, my secret to a great looking green lawn is all about watering – and the lack thereof. Wait, don’t you need to water a lawn to have a green lawn, you ask? Yes, but your irrigation system has got to work in conjunction with Mother Nature – and that means you need a properly tuned irrigation system, and common sense.
I hate to waste water. It’s a natural resource that’s quickly diminishing. It also costs money.
What’s my secret plan of action to creating a green lawn so lush that the neighbors envy our yard? A great rain gauge, a tuned up irrigation system, and the ability to – gasp! – turn off the sprinklers!
In Florida, it rains a lot. I mean, a lot. Yet irrigation systems are set on automatic mode to water on preselected days. Unfortunately, I often see sprinklers running in the middle of a downpour of rain. It’s stupid.
Lawns only need about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. That’s all. During a decent rain, you can sometimes get that much in one day. There’s no need to water any more for another week, even if the weather stays dry.
So when you have heavy rain, your sprinklers shouldn’t still be running. That’s what a rain gauge on your irrigation system is supposed to be for. But as you might have already noticed, many people don’t have properly working rain gauge sensors on their sprinkler system and their sprinklers run regardless of whether or not there has been 3 inches of rain in one week.
That’s why a quick tune up of your irrigation system is so vitally important. It will save you water, which means saving you money. Good thing that TruGreen, the nation’s largest lawn care company, is introducing a brand new business – TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance.
Having someone to call is so important when things go wrong, as well as when you want them to continue working right.
I’ve had my share of leaking sprinkler systems many times over the past few years. We’ve had sprinkler heads all of a sudden start pooling water around the head after the sprinklers came on, a sure sign of a broken irrigation system. After my husband dug a deep hole around one head, then dug out the broken plastic tubing (it’s plastic, so eventually they WILL need fixing), then he had to go to the hardware store and find the proper supplies, come back home and re-do the one sprinkler head and the piping. It was an all day event. Next week, a different sprinkler head across the yard started doing the same thing. Are you kidding me?
In our new house, we’ve had sprinkler lines broken as well, with a puddle forming around the main connector for the pipes. This has nothing to do with us or our maintenance. It has to do with irrigation systems and their need to periodically be tuned up and replaced, just like A/C units or septic tanks.
Now I know how important it is to schedule a visit just to make sure things are working properly. Not only does TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance fix broken sprinklers and sprinkler heads, but they can also:
- Adjust sprinkler heads for proper watering (like not watering the sidewalks…..)
- Repair & test rain sensors (when your sprinklers are still running even though it rained)
- Timer box adjustments
- Zone adjustments (need more water in one area than another?)
- Perform system renovations and updates
- Backflow testing
In Orlando, we’re lucky to be among the first to be able to use TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance. It’s a brand new program only available in select cities in Florida, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Nebraska in late 2015, with more than a dozen new markets in 2016.
Here are some more great tips from TruGreen on how to keep your lawn truly green!
- Established lawns should be watered deeply and infrequently
- Lawns typically require one to one and a half inches of water per week for optimal growth and appearance. An empty tuna can can be placed in the watering pattern to measure this amount.
- The best time to water is in the morning and in non-windy conditions. This conserves water and allows grass to dry before evening. Grass that remains wet for long periods of time is more susceptible to disease development.
- A lawn needs water when the turfgrass changes from bright green to dull gray
- Another sure sign for homeowners to water their lawns is when turfgrass wilting is evident (footprints remain in the grass, mower lines are evident). Always check local water ordinances to ensure you’re watering in accordance with recent guidelines.
The post was sponsored by TruGreen and SheSpeaks.