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Summer Lawn Watering Tips

watering tips

Ensuring a healthy, lush, green lawn doesn’t have to waste one of our natural resources if you maintain proper watering techniques. Proper watering, along with fertilizing, and mowing practices can help prevent a host of problems including bald patches, insect infestations, and disease.

Consider the following watering tips when caring for your summer lawn:

Water Once Every 3 Days

The key to watering is to water no more than once every three days. Yes, even during the hottest days of summer. Remember to water for longer periods – the time it takes to move water to a depth of 10 to 12 inches into the soil. You can check the depth by pushing a probe or long screwdriver into the ground. If it goes in easily, no more water is needed. By watering your lawn wisely, you help prevent common problems caused by overwatering, conserve a natural resource and save money on your water bill.

Water at the Right Time

The best time to water your lawn is during the morning hours. Typically, between the hours of 4 and 8 A.M., when the air is still cool. This helps minimize evaporation and prevent the growth of fungus. Avoid watering your lawn in windy weather; it’s a far less efficient use of water as it will evaporate before reaching the roots. Don’t water after it’s rained. The University of Arizona provides a FAQs page with more information on when to water your summer lawn.

Install an In-ground Sprinkler System

For added effectiveness, install an in-ground sprinkler system. Investing in the right sprinkler system has two main benefits – it helps to conserve water and, through automation, can prevent overwatering and/or underwatering. The right system also allows you to customize your watering strategy.

Elite Landscaping and Sprinkler Repair fine-tunes the system to deliver water at specific times of day based on your needs and climate. We also offer affordable sprinkler maintenance and repair services. Contact us today at (602) 390-4645. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.!

How to Protect Your Plants from Wind and Rain

Protect Your Plants from Wind and Rain This Monsoon Season

Abrupt lightning strikes, ear-splitting thunder booms, racing flood waters, punishing winds and eye-blinding dust storms – these can all signify one thing; the arrival of monsoon season.

In Arizona, monsoon season typically spans a length of 15 weeks, from June 15th to September 30th to be exact. It relieves Arizonians from 110+ degree days, yet brings with it humidity so thick you could cut it with a knife.

It brings much needed rain to lands once dry, thus alleviating the need for homeowners across the state to water their plants. However, too much rain and wind, can bring about bad tidings as well. Just look at this year’s news reports!

Monsoon season throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area causes trees and plants to be more vulnerable to the elements. Heavy rains can over-saturate the soil. Strong winds can cause them to uproot or fall over.

However, there are several things you can do both before and during monsoon season to protect your plants from wind and rain. Here, we at Elite Landscaping and Sprinkler Repair, discuss some of the more important tips.

4 Tips for Your Plants’ Protection

Tip #1: Before planting new plants or trees, you should take time to ensure proper soil preparation and cultivation. This will help you avoid problems with heavy rainfall.

Tip #2: Protect vegetable gardens from heavy rains and winds by placing the correct amount of mulch around their beds.

Tip #3: Attend to pruning. Proper pruning will ensure your plants and trees aren’t too top heavy – therefore making them more tolerant to the onslaught of monsoon season.

Tip #4: Cover tiny plants, or plants that are more delicate, with a fine sheet off glass that is supported on small wire clip pegs. Tilt the glass slightly to one side so that the rain water runs away from them.