Consumers are finally beginning to understand the value of fresh, clean water. And that means that water conservation is becoming a hot topic everywhere. In an effort to save this precious resource many homeowners are wondering whether they actually need to water the lawn to enjoy healthy grass.
What will happen if they neglect the traditional chore of watering the grass? Do we need to resort to a dry wasteland to save water? And what’s the best way to handle lawn watering in urban, suburban and rural areas?
Why Water Is Important
Your lawn does need water – leaving it to dry out is not an option. Just like any other plant on the planet, grass needs soil, sunlight and water to grow. The question comes down to whether the homeowner needs to supplement naturally supplied water with a hose or sprinkler system.
In almost every case across the continent the answer is the same – at one point or another your lawn will need to be watered. When the rain is not producing enough moisture for the grass it will begin to weaken, wilt and could even die. That will be a waste of energy, money and space. It’s also entirely unnecessary if a lawn is watered properly and responsibly.
Options for Watering the Lawn
Lawn watering is done in a few different ways. Manual application of water with a hose is the simplest method, while a sprinkler can also be hooked to the hose for more even, hands off distribution.
Automatic sprinklers are another option. This product is installed permanently under the lawn and is unobtrusive and convenient. It’s also the most expensive option. Excellent in urban settings, commercial lawns and for expansive rural grassy areas, sprinkler systems give you close control of the watering schedule and amount.
Rain water collected in a rain barrel or cistern can be used for watering, but this often requires a lot of work by the homeowner or an elaborate design that will feed that water into a sprinkler system.
Also known as xeriscaping, some homeowners are converting their lawns to water conserving plants and hard landscaping in an effort to save water. Well chosen and well cared for grass will provide a comfortable, beautiful lawn that requires only a small amount of watering in an average climate. There is no need to resort to other methods of landscaping to conserve water, unless your tastes lean that way.
You will need to water your lawn when the weather is not providing the necessary amounts of water for healthy growth. Knowing how and when to water is the key to successful lawns that allow for responsible water use.