April showers (and yes, we do mean snow showers) bring… unfortunately, not quite enough moisture to keep your lawn green through July’s 95 degree days. While we may get those crazy thunderstorms here and there throughout the summer, the reality is that you will need to get on a regular watering schedule to keep up the luscious lawn of your dreams.
Now, we’re not trying to brag, but water conservation is somewhat of an All Terrain specialty. We understand the ins and outs of sprinkler systems, and one of our water conservation pride points is that we reduced a Greeley HOA’s water consumption by 18 percent. So unless you’re aiming to spend way more than necessary on watering this summer, it’s time to listen up!
Here are just a few things you should know as we enter prime watering season in Colorado:
1. Install Smart Water Controllers and Rain Sensors
You just never know when Mother Nature will pour out her heart via an intense rainfall. Rain sensors, however, do know. These sensors can judge how much precipitation your yard is getting at a given time, so your sprinkler can turn on and off accordingly. Not only does this keep your grass green, but it also prevents flood damage. Similarly, smart water controllers can gauge the amount of wasted water in your yard, so only the needed water is dispensed during future watering.
2. Sprinkler Maintenance Program is Worth the Investment
If your sprinkler isn’t functioning properly, you can kiss a beautiful lawn goodbye. Fortunately, we’ve rolled out the works for our residential customers via the All Terrain sprinkler maintenance program. This program includes a sprinkler turn-on in the spring, blow-out in the fall, and multipoint inspections throughout the summer. Enrolling in our sprinkler maintenance program can save you unnecessary water usage – and big bucks – in the long run.
3. Water Your Lawn at Night or Early A.M.
Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the air is cool, humid and not windy, which creates an ideal environment for watering. During this time frame, the air won’t suck moisture from your grass, allowing it to soak into the roots. Plus, too much water sitting on the grass blades (without early morning dew to wash it away) leads to harmful grass fungus.
4. Set an Optimal Lawn Watering Schedule
While there are certainly times to water more frequently, such as after installing sod, it’s important not to overwater your Colorado lawn. Wait until the grass blades start to wilt a bit. This may seem counterintuitive, but water-logged soil does not get enough oxygen. Plus, diseases could form on over-watered grass blades.
The All Terrain crew knows just how important it is to find the balance between a beautiful lawn and water conservation. Contact us at 970-304-1183 to contact our landscaping and Colorado irrigation pros today.
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