Water management during drought conditions
The key to a good lawn is to water it correctly. Watering your lawn too little can lead to problems, but watering your lawn too much can also be damaging. Your lawn will look best, and your wallet will be happiest, when you water your lawn smartly and efficiently.
Texas Water Restrictions
Most of Texas is currently in Stage 1 water restrictions. This is the lowest water restriction level and is the level that most cities are on for much of the year.
What does Stage 1 Water Restrictions mean to you?
- No operation of irrigation systems or hose-end sprinklers between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Commercial and Multi-Family customers can continue to water on Tuesdays and Fridays
- Single family homes have 2 watering days a week:
- Odd addresses: Wednesdays and/or Saturdays
- Even addresses: Thursdays and/or Sundays
- Watering by sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed on your assigned day only before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
- Hand watering is allowed anytime
Sprinkler Systems Output
It’s important to know the output of your sprinkler system so that you can water as much as you need to without wasting water or over-watering.
To measure your sprinkler system’s output place 5 shallow-rimmed containers face up in your lawn and turn the sprinklers on for 30 minutes. Calculate the average depth of the containers by adding up the depth of water in all five containers and dividing by five. This will tell you how much your sprinklers water the lawn over 30 minutes.
Also check the depth of the water’s penetration into the soil. Differences in soil composition will affect how deeply the water penetrates. If your sprinklers water the lawn .4 inches and to a depth of 2.5 inches in 30 minutes, then over an hour they will penetrate to a depth of 5 inches and give your lawn .8 inches of water.
The AggieTurf website recommends watering to 6 inches of depth. This is important to encourage your grasses roots to grown deeper. If you only ever water a couple inches deep then the root system won’t go any deeper; but watering to a lower depth will get the roots to go deeper which will in turn allow them to pull more moisture out of the ground.
Water Use Tips
Water early in the morning so that none of your water evaporates.
Don’t run your sprinkler system when it’s really windy otherwise the spread won’t be as you desire and you will waster a lot of water.
Water deep and infrequently rather than in short, frequent bursts for the best lawn maintenance. Watering deeply will allow the water to reach the base of the grasses root system and encourage their growth.
You might need to water some areas by hand if the sprinklers cannot reach these areas.
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