Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Importance of Proper Irrigation

Your Home, Your Refuge, Your Paradise
A blog about keeping your surroundings beautiful and serene.
By Eve Sapsford, Bookkeeper, Nitrogreen

The Importance of Proper Irrigation
A properly functioning irrigation system is a crucial element to your lawn’s maintenance plan. This concept is key:  It can be a matter of life or death for your lawn.
Your lawn needs to get the correct amount of water to stay healthy.  Now that the rainy season is upon us, achieving this is more of a challenge, but it can be done. The idea is to strike the right balance between over-watering and under-watering, each of which presents its own set of problems.
Too much water (over-watering) can result in the development of fungus and root rot, both notorious grass-killers, as well as accelerating the growth of weeds. Since weeds can grow faster than your grass does, too much water causes them to grow so fast that they can crowd out the grass.
Too little water (under-watering), on the other hand, can cause dry or brown areas, which lend themselves to chinch bug infestations. Too little water will also open up an opportunity for weeds to move in, since they are more resistant to water deprivation that the grass is.
The right balance can be achieved at this time of year by making sure your irrigation system is set to water two times per week. This will allow for some rain, but ensure that your lawn does not dry out.
The amount of water your lawn needs varies according to the season, as well as what kind of grass you have, so periodic adjustments are a good way to ensure that your lawn’s watering requirements are always being met but not exceeded.
Nitrogreen offers a regular irrigation check program, where our specialists check your timer’s setting, and reset if needed, check to make sure everything is working properly, and that sprinkler heads are adjusted in such a way as to provide complete coverage for your lawn.
We also offer complete lawn care services, including fertilization, weed control, insect control, landscaping, irrigation system installation and repair, lawn maintenance, tree trimming, shrub care and trimming, and power washing. Call us today to get an estimate customized to your lawn’s needs. (386) 615-8084.