Caring For Your Lawn During A Severe Houston Area Drought
Dry Season can make lawn maintenance more difficult due to the strain put on the environment because of the lack of rain. However, during this particularly severe drought, it is important to conserve not just the plant life but water as well. This can all be done with the use of good watering and lawn maintenance habits. Here are some tips on how to have a positive environmental impact during droughts.
Choose the Right Grass
If worse comes to worst some common grass species used in Texas can go dormant. There are a few of them, including centipede grass, Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass and St. Augustine grass. When grasses go dormant the turn brown and dry, but upon the return of good conditions they will spring back to life. However, this is not a very popular choice because no one wants their lawn looking shriveled and brown. This is a drastic solution if the drought gets bad enough, but with a conservative watering schedule, you can keep your yard green through the dry season.
Thoroughly soaking the soil once or twice a week is the best method of irrigation. Watering a little each day is not as effective as soaking, and it uses up more water. The amount of water needed during irrigation will be dependent on the soil in the area. Sandy soils need about a half inch of water to soak to the optimal depth of five inches. Soils that are more clay-based may take about an inch and a half of water to soak five inches deep. Houston lawns generally need about an inch of water a week to stay green during the dry season, but drought can make this number increase slightly.
Best Time to Irrigate
Deep and infrequent irrigation is the best way to water, and the best time to water is in the early morning. Watering between 4 AM and 8 AM will yield the best results for watering. If you wait until midday to water up to 50% of the water will evaporate, and if you water at night the grass will stay wet and have an increased risk of fungus and disease. Some areas of the yard will dry faster than others, usually where the lawn is sloped or the edge of a sidewalk. Hand watering here is usually the best option.
In addition to changing your lawn care routine during a drought, having the most efficient irrigation system possible is a huge step towards water conservation. If you don’t yet have a SMART irrigation system, call Conserva Irrigation of North Houston today at (281) 843-8465. We offer upgrades, retrofits, repairs, and inspections to help make your sprinkler system more efficient. We look forward to hearing from you.