How to measure water output from sprinkler
Now how do we measure how much water our lawn is receiving? Most garden centers sell a rain gauge that will measure the amount of water you added to your lawn. Place your rain gauge in your lawn at the center point of your sprinkler system. You don’t want to place it too close to the sprinkler head or at the end of the sprinkler stream since you would get an inaccurate reading.
After optimal placement, let your sprinkler system run for 45 minutes to an hour. By that time, you should have about a half inch of water in your rain gauge. You would want to repeat that again one more time later in the week. The reason being is that you want the soil to dry out a bit between waterings because you don’t want it to be constantly wet. Now you don’t want the soil to be dry for extended periods of time either. If your lawn is getting extra water due to the weather ½ inch, twice a week is optimal. If your area is experiencing a drought you may need to add another ½ watering a week, letting the lawn dry out in between. That is why knowing the weather in your area is so important for healthy lawn growth.
How Long Does It Take?
The key to watering your lawn is to know how much water your watering system puts out. The only way to do this is to test. So try different locations and placements for your sprinkler system and test to see which placements are most optimal and cover your whole lawn.
If you can’t find a water gauge, a tuna can is a great substitute. We know a tuna can is about an inch deep so if you leave it out where you would put a rain gauge, so when you fill it up about half way, you know that about a half inch of water has been dispersed across your lawn. An easy way to measure your watering sessions when you have no water gauge and some tuna in a can.
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Lawn Watering Tips For Chicagoland Homeowners
A question we hear all the time being a landscape professional is, “What is the right way to water my lawn?” It isn’t rocket science but it isn’t hard to damage or kill your lawn by overwatering or not watering enough. Finding the middle ground is the way to support a lush and healthy lawn.
How much water?
First of all realize that your lawn needs 1-1.5” of water weekly in order to stay healthy and green. Now if your area is receiving storms about once or twice a month keep the watering to about 1” a week but if your area is going through a drought or minimal rain, you definitely need 1.5” of water regardless.
Just because you have a sprinkler system installed within your property doesn’t mean you should run it every single day. Not taking the watering advice from your local landscaper is one of the biggest mistakes a home or property owner can make. The maximum amount of watering is three times a week, at a ½ inch each time. Keeping track of your watering schedule is a great way to best optimize your watering system and give your lawn the best opportunity to be the best it can be.
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