With temperatures rising and the fire season getting worse and worse each year, it’s becoming more and more important to understand the benefits of water conservation and management. When it comes to your landscape and creating or maintaining an irrigation strategy, it’s important to both understand the benefits of conserving water (in terms of saving money as well as health benefits to the landscape) and the negatives that can occur due to using too much water.
At Kern Turf Supply in Bakersfield, CA, we strive to provide our customers with high-quality irrigation supplies to help them save money, create a beautiful landscape, and to protect our Earth. We also have valuable resources to teach the benefits of water management and to provide insight into products and tools to help you establish a successful strategy. Get in touch with our Bakersfield experts if you have any questions.
Guidelines For Landscape Water Conservation
So many business and homeowners want to water their golf courses or yards on a consistent schedule. This is most likely due to the stereotypical homeowner coming out every morning and evening to water the grass or rose garden, but this is rarely an efficient method of watering, and can oftentimes lead to the plants developing diseases. Many people also water an area regardless of the variety of vegetation planted there, from bushes to different types of grass to flowers and vegetables.
When irrigating an area, it’s essential that the plant’s needs are put first. Some plants, like holly, fatsia, and laurel like a lot of moisture. On the other hand, plants like foxtail lilies, lavender, and cardoon prefer to live in dry soil. It’s important, therefore, to water based on the amount of moisture the plant needs, rather than watering on a fixed schedule.
Check The Moisture Level
A common question for beginning gardeners or anyone who is interested in irrigation supplies is, “When do I know the soil needs watering?” to determine if the soil needs watering, simply feel down, or dig a small hole, into the soil. When watering turf, the moisture depth should reach to between four and six inches. If you’re watering trees or shrubs, the moisture depth should be between six and eight inches. It is also very important to only water when the soil is dry.
So, what is the best time to water your yard or plants? The issue with watering during the day is that much of the moisture fails to adequately absorb into the soil before it evaporates into the air. The best time to water a yard or garden is between 10 pm and 6 am This reduces the chance of the water evaporating.
Aside from the sun, there is another element that can disrupt your watering — wind. Be sure to only water during calm weather conditions. When you have a hose or sprinkler system running during a windy day, much of that water will be sprayed to other areas, essentially wasting the water.
When the conditions and time are right for watering, give the area a thorough dowsing. An infrequent and deep watering will provide the soil and the plants the water they need to thrive, and then give them a chance to grow and use available nutrients as the soil dries.
Recognizing Dry Soil
When you are able to recognize what dry soil looks and acts like, you will know when to water and when to wait.
- If you walk on dry turf and it does not spring back within 20 minutes, it’s time to water.
- If you can’t insert a screwdriver into the soil more than two inches, it’s time to water.
- If grass turns from green to a bluish/gray color, it’s time to water.
Kern Turf Supply offers the communities of Bakersfield and Southern California high-quality irrigation supplies and resources to help manage and conserve water use. Browse all of our irrigation products and get in touch with us today.