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4 Smart Watering Tips for Your Lawn

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Smart watering is one of the easiest ways to keep your lawn green and lovely. Using the water from Mother Nature is absolutely free and good for the land, while rain barrels can keep it regularly available. Because you don't have to turn on the taps to get the water you need, watering from the sky can also save you a great deal of money.

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Tips for Natural Lawn Watering

Not sure where to begin? These tips can help you make the most of those raindrops from above.

  • Choose plants and shrubs that have low water requirements. After they are established, they can survive and even thrive in periods of low rainfall, and might never require supplemental watering.
  • Use rain barrels to gather the water from the sky, and consider feeding a drip irrigation system with the water from the barrels. Run the irrigation system at night, when the water doesn't evaporate as readily. But do not water every night, as that can keep the ground too moist and lead to mold growth.
  • Watch for puddles in your lawn. This can be an area that needs to have more topsoil added, or it might be an area where the soil is deeply compacted. Aerate your lawn after the rain subsides, and then watch for more puddles. If you see them, build up the topsoil there.
  • Use compost and mulch around shrubs, flower beds, and areas where erosion is an issue. The mulch can help hold back the water long enough to let it soak in where it belongs, rather than running off your lawn and down the street, taking precious soil with it.

By capturing water in rain barrels, you can be prepared for those dry spells. Smart lawn watering always begins with the most basic of watering techniques--the downpour that nature provides.


About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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