Drought is a big problem across much of the country these days, and here in the south we are experiencing the lack of rain. In many places drought is one of the primary reasons for your grass to be dying. Many people here in Houston and surrounding areas opt not to water their lawns during the summer, but this may be a mistake when there isn’t enough rain to keep the roots alive.
Grass naturally goes dormant after two to three weeks without water, and most lawns can tolerate drought for four to six weeks, although it will turn brown. However, extended periods of hot, dry weather like the one we are experiencing in NW Houston may kill the lawn.
How can you revive a dead lawn? Well, I have bad news: If the grass is totally dead due to drought, there’s no way to bring it back. However, reviving brown lawns that are simply dormant usually occurs within three to four weeks of regular irrigation.
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Watering your own lawn manually can be tiring, especially during the hot summer months when watering becomes a more complex system. It pays to have sprinklers, but having them does not guarantee your lawn will continue to look beautiful. Here are a few things to remember about using your sprinklers in Denver.
Too much sunshine is bad.
This one will seem obvious if you associate the sun with your grass drying up. There are bigger problems with the sun and your grass though, namely that if you water your lawn while the sun is out, the water will magnify the sunlight and it could potentially cause it to burn your grass more quickly.
Evaporation is a factor.
If you water your lawn or run your sprinklers while it is still hot outside, much of the water you just put onto your lawn will evaporate back into the air, leaving your plants and grass still thirsty and in dire need of water.
Runoff is an issue.
The hotter it is outside, the drier the dirt becomes. If you water too fast when it is hot out, you will likely experience a lot of runoff. This is caused by the water not absorbing into the ground fast enough, since the ground is so dry.
To avoid these common problems, there is one solution: watering at night. If you water at night, you lower your risk of burning your grass or plants, a negligible amount of water will evaporate, and you are less likely to experience runoff if you saturate the soil each night. This way, it doesn’t get reabsorbed into the atmosphere immediately.
Now, no one wants to be up at midnight or later standing outside watering their lawn and plants. This is where having sprinklers that are on a timer comes in handy. You can simply set the timer for a good time of night, and they will turn on the water automatically. You can also easily change this during the colder months so you do not freeze your lawn during the cold nights.
If you need sprinklers installed call us! We will get you a state-of-the-art sprinkler system customized to the needs of your lawn. We will also teach you how to work the timer and adjust the time before and after Daylight Savings Time. Learn more about our Sprinkler Installation options by visiting us on the web, and check out all the other services we offer while you’re there. We look forward to hearing from you.
Already have sprinklers? We also offer sprinkler repair, equipment updates, and more. We’ll be happy to serve you in any way we can!
Underground sprinklers function through means of basic electronic and hydraulic technology. Each valve and all of the sprinklers that will be activated by this valve are known as a zone. Upon activation, the solenoid, which sits on top of the valve is magnetized lifting a small stainless steel plunger in its center. By doing this, the activated (or raised) plunger allows air to escape from the top of a rubber diaphragm located in the center of the valve.