Watering Greens on a Budget
As a commercial property owner you know that an inviting and well kept landscape can be a huge asset to your business, as the environment can affect everything from employee morale and productivity to the general safety of all visitors and workers on your property. Beyond fancy installations and flora, the single most important aspect of your landscape aesthetic is often your lawn itself, as a shabby looking lawn can easily ruin the look of even the nicest of properties.
Therefore, it is important to take the best care of your lawn as possible, and taking the best care of your lawn as possible starts with the basics, water itself. Aeration and fertilization mean nothing for your lawn if it is not being properly watered.
Luckily, most sprinkler systems nowadays come with a computerized control panel which can run your system for you automatically so you don’t have to worry about it every day in the spring, summer, and early autumn. These controllers come with the ability to manage your own watering schedule, and you definitely take advantage of this feature. The time of day you water can be just as important as watering at all when it comes to your lawn.
Determining the Ideal Watering Schedule
But when is the best time of day to water? The answer will vary slightly based on your location and climate, but the idea is to water at the time of day when your grass will be able to absorb the most of it. This means not hot enough to evaporate off right away, such as midday in the middle of a hot, greasy August summer day, and not cold enough to freeze and damage the plant, such as overnight. Overall you want to shoot for the early morning, just around dawn when the land is starting to warm back up slightly from the overnight lows, but before the daily highs heat things up too much. Here in the Mile High City, the recommended watering time is between 4 am and 10 pm. This will allow the most water to soak into the soil before it can evaporate, and stay there long enough to be absorbed into the lawn. Some lawns may need to be watered every day while others may only need to be watered 3-4 times a week.
Don’t let a dying, dry lawn deter customers and employees away from your property. Contact GroundMasters Landscape Services or call us at (303) 750-8867 to find out how we can help you keep your lawn and landscape looking its best year round. Our teams of irrigation technicians are fully trained in how to handle your irrigation system and can help determine the perfect watering time frame and schedule for your property’s lawn.