When it comes to a thriving lawn, your yard needs three things: food, sunlight, and water. A fourth ingredient is your attention to details, but we’ll discuss that in a minute.
What Counts As Lawn Food?
Food for lawns comes in the form of fertilizer, and there are a plethora of mixes and brands. That’s why we recommend getting on a fertilization program with a company like us. We have years of experience and training to know what your Texas grass needs. Eat well, grow well. Good for humans and grass!
Break Out The Sunglasses
Living in Texas, you know that sunlight is a given. That’s why you personally load up on sunscreen. Like our skin, your lawn does not need sunlight all day; but, you should keep an eye on your yard’s shady spots, just in case they don’t get all the sunlight they need.
- Bermuda grass needs 8 to 10 hours.
- St. Augustine requires 6 to 8 hours.
- Zoysia requires at least 5 hours of full sunlight (7 hours of filtered sunlight).
With all of the sunlight and heat we receive, our Texas climate is prone to drought conditions. Drought is a serious problem that can wreck a lawn if you don’t have a properly working irrigation system.
We all have that neighbor who misses about three weekends of bass fishing yearly because he is busy tackling irrigation problems in the summer heat. He could be spending more time on the lake if he checked his system out right now, in the spring!
Our Grass Watering Recommendations For Spring (Also Applies to Fall)
Lawns only require about one inch of water weekly in the fall and spring. That number jumps to one and a half (1.5) to two (2) inches in the summer. Here’s where paying attention comes in. Don’t wait until your lawn desperately needs a drink of water before you test your system.
- In the spring, perform a full inspection of your irrigation system.
- Look for damage to heads and drip lines.
- Check all equipment, including rain gauges and timers.
- Look for pooling water during an irrigation check. This could be a sign of a busted pipe.
Once everything is in working order, then be sure you are watering on a proper schedule. You want your lawn to thrive with enough H2O, but there’s no need to waste the precious water either.
We recommend you run each zone of your watering system once per week. Drip lines and stationary heads should run for eight to ten minutes. Rotating heads need to run longer – about 15 minutes. If you’d like us to set this up for you, just contact us today. This is easy for us and will give you more free time on the lake or at your kid’s ball game!
The weather is constantly changing so you must pay attention to patterns. There is no need to add extra water to your lawn if you have received one to two inches of rain in the last week. Being mindful of this will save you on your water bill and keep your lawn from overwatering problems (like nutsedge).
Again, if you have any questions about our watering recommendations, please call us anytime. We don’t want you to end up like our buddy down the street who plays catch-up on his lawn instead of catching bass on his days off.