As the summer heat approaches, landscapers, homeowners and property managers are scrambling to figure out how to best take care of their landscape. As with anything else, there are a variety of ways in which you can protect your property from the summer heat. Proper mowing techniques and fertilization can give your lawn and plant material the boost they need, but it may not be enough. The most essential piece of your landscaping when it comes to summer maintenance, is irrigation. The way in which water moves through your property is vital in ensuring that each piece of landscape is getting what it needs, in the most efficient manner possible. We feel as though irrigation is often overlooked, so we put together a simple list of best practices to assist you as you take on the summer sun.
Know what your Lawn Needs
In the growing season, your lawn only needs an inch or two of water per week. You should also try to water in the morning, when the wind and evaporation will be non-factors. Additionally, adjust your watering practices for the proper time of year: the hotter it is, the greater frequency of watering. Less in the spring and fall, and more in the summer.
Mulch Shrubs, Trees and Garden Beds
When it comes to benefiting your landscape, mulch does it all, even in the irrigation department. Not only does it look great, but it will reduce evaporation and maintain an increase in soil moisture, letting you water less. Organic mulch also adds organic material to your soil, improving the soils capacity to retain water. An increase in moisture retention only equates to water saving for you and your property.
Install a (Smart) Irrigation System
If you want to reach peak efficiency when watering your lawn, and reap the benefits for years to come, you should consider installing an irrigation system. Automatic sprinkler systems allow you to program timing, and some can even take into account weather conditions. These sprinkler systems can also cover large areas, as you likely have on a commercial property, or within a municipality. This significantly reduces time you have to spend outside hand watering, and allows for easy accessibility.
Keep an eye on the Weather
Simply put, if your lawn is receiving enough rainfall, you do not need to water your lawn. There is no point in doubling down, as you will only cause damage. You can save money, and allow mother nature to do its job. Remember, the less water you use, the more cushion on your bottom line.
Reduce Potential Waste
Proper irrigation is all about optimizing efficiency, making sure you are using the right amount of water to achieve the perfect balance. The less water you use while getting the best results leads to more money in your pocket. Make sure your sprinklers are not irrigating any non-green areas, and irrigate slowly so that your soil can actually absorb the water.
Pezza Landscape, Inc. is a full-service landscaping company proudly serving the greater Naperville area, including Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (630) 393-7373 or visit our website to get in touch.