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March 2017

Top Lawn Watering Tips

How is your lawn handling the dry summer weather? There are many factors including grass type, soil, sun and wind that can affect a lawn’s performance but get the level of watering right and you’ll help your lawn survive summer healthy and intact.

Under watering and over watering can both be damaging to your lawn but a general rule to keep in mind is that turf grasses do better when they’re managed on the dry side. A daily sprinkling can cause more harm than good. It encourages shallow roots that are more susceptible to heat stress. Also, soil that is constantly wet can increase the risk of disease.

Instead, it’s best to water deeply but not too often. A deep watering that penetrates into the soil will wet the entire root zone. This practice encourages a deeper, stronger root system, and a more drought resistant lawn.

Don’t be tempted to water again until the grass is dry. Watch out for changing grass colour to tell you when your lawn is thirsty. If the blades are yellowing, wilting or browning then give your turf a drink.

It’s best to irrigate your lawn early in the day or during the evening. If you water in the heat of the day, the moisture can be lost through evaporation. If you water at night, the moisture can sit on the leaves and increase the risk of disease.

If you need any lawn irrigation system advice, contact the team at Auckland’s Aqualight Irrigation any time.

What’s Best? A Soaker Hose or Drip Irrigation?

As a home gardener you can be faced with a lot of choices when it comes to the best ways to keep your garden healthy and well-watered. If you’re thinking of installing an irrigation system you’ll find it useful to understand the difference between soaker hoses and drip irrigation.

What They Have in Common

There can be some confusion between soaker hoses and drip irrigation because they share key features and do a similar job. Both irrigation systems release water slowly and directly to the soil which is good for plant health, the environment, and your time and money.

Soaker Hoses

A soaker hose has tiny perforations in it that allow water to seep slowly and evenly through the hose and directly into the soil. Soaker hoses are a simple system and extremely easy to set up.

The release of water to a soaker hose is unregulated which means that as the water travels through the pipe it is losing pressure and flow. While this can be a constraint for some gardens, the soaker hose is a great product for small areas and they are particularly useful for intensively planted garden beds.

Drip Lines

A drip line incorporates drip emitters inserted along its entire length. These emitters allow precise calculation of flow requirements delivered to precise locations. This irrigation system uses less water and only waters the growing plants.

Drip irrigation is a more advanced garden watering system. That means it needs more fittings in order to make the necessary connections but provides even more efficient watering than a soaker hose and works well over large areas.

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