Fargo, Andy (Valley News Live) – As drought continues in much of the region throughout the summer, many homeowners are wondering what they can do in the future to protect their gardens and lawns.
According to the North Dakota State University Department of Veterinary Medicine, you need one inch of water per week to grow and grow your lawn green, rain or a combination of both. To measure 1 inch of water, form a group of flat bottom cups at a distance of 5 to 10 feet from the bottom of your spray to the edge of the destination. Measure the time it takes for an inch of water to fall into the cups. Use this as your basic time.
· Deep water. It is better to give a big touch of water than to drink your grass regularly. The roots grow in the water. If you water it deeply, you will develop a deep root system. On the other hand, if they only spray the surface of the soil, they will form a shallow root system. If you have clay soil, water it only once or twice a week. Sandy soils cannot hold an inch of water, so we have to split the application two or three times a week. Paid applications from grass (for example, on a flat surface) are also a good idea. We want the water to drink and not flow.
· Watering in the morning. Grass plants actively water the water they need. Any extra water evaporates, drying the leaves and preventing disease. It is not recommended to water the plants in the middle of the day, as it will evaporate too much water. Watering is not recommended as the grass stays wet all night and can lead to disease.
· Proper harvesting. This will make a big difference. Cut the stems and drop the grass clippings. Swamp grass develops deep in nature. Long grass leaves and grass clippings cover the soil, keep it cool and keep it moist. The first grass that turns yellow in a neighborhood is the grass that is cut and clipped.
· Control your auto-timer. These “set and forget” systems are convenient, but sometimes they water when grass is not needed. Water only when the grass is dry. Do not water when it is raining or when it is raining. There are rain sensors and soil moisture sensors that prevent irrigation systems from working when it is raining or when the soil is wet.
· Improve your soil. Adding organic ingredients can help. The next time you land on the lawn, fill the holes with some compost or sand. In clay soils, this organic matter opens up the soil, allowing water to seep in instead of running. In sandy soils, this organic matter helps retain water before it is depleted.
· Use the natural option. You have the option of not watering your lawn completely. Your grass will gradually turn yellow and fall asleep. Sleeping in extreme heat is natural for lawns. When the temperatures cool down, the meadows turn green again.
Whether or not you water your lawn, they can have healthy grass without breaking your bank account. Water only when needed and count each drop.
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