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Summer Lawn Irrigation

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Summer is the most difficult time of the year for lawn drought maintenance. And if you have summer watering restrictions in your area, that can make it even harder to maintain a healthy lawn in the heat.

Higher summer temperatures mean higher evaporation rates. As a result, you may be watering your lawn as much as you did during the cooler months, but less water is actually making it down to the roots. But all is not lost. Here are a few lawn irrigation tips to help you avoid drought damage.

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Lawn Irrigation Tip #1 -- Water in the Early Morning

Early morning watering is a good lawn maintenance practice year round, but it's especially important in the summer. If you try to water in the heat of day, you'll lose even more water to evaporation.

Lawn Irrigation Tip #2 -- Water Deeply

If your lawn shows drought damage, you may want to rush out and start sprinkling it with water throughout the day. You're much better off giving it a good deep watering rather than lots of shallower sprinklings. Water your lawn until the water penetrates the soil about six inches. That way you'll encourage the type of root system that will help your lawn withstand drought in the first place.

Lawn Irrigation Tip #3 -- Dethatch

Thatch, that springy layer of dead plant tissues at your lawn's roots, can be a major culprit in summer lawn damage. When it becomes too thick, thatch holds all that precious water you're trying to get into the soil. Dethatching isn't the most fun lawn maintenance chore, but getting out there with a rake will make sure that your lawn irrigation efforts aren't in vain.

By following these summer lawn irrigation tips, it's possible for you to enjoy a healthy green lawn all summer long.



About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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