Droughts are notorious for zapping the life out of all things green, including your lawn. If you are currently experiencing a drought where you live, and your mayor or state governor has not banned the use of lawn sprinklers just yet, you can keep your lawn a nice envious green. Here are four ways to effectively achieve and keep a green lawn with sprinklers during a drought.
Choose Watering Times Carefully
Time is of the essence, especially when it comes to water and drought. Using your sprinklers, turn them on before the sun rises so that your lawn has a good saturation before the sun begins to blaze. Also, a good ten minutes is all your lawn really needs during this time of the morning. Do the same thing in the evening, just after sunset, so that your yard can really absorb the water overnight. If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, see if you can program the system to go off at set times automatically.
Rotate Your Sprinklers
If you do not have a built-in sprinkler system and rely on sprinklers connected to the ends of garden hoses, then you need to rotate the sprinklers manually. Keep one in the largest part of your yard all the time, but move the other one or two sprinklers around the side and front yards, occasionally moving one of them to enable a fuller watering of your back yard (or the largest area of your lawn). If the sprinklers' spraying distance is short, be sure to move them around so that most of the yard will get water.
Poke Holes In Your Garden Hoses
Although this tends to decrease water pressure, it does help water more of the yard than just your sprinklers alone. If you are careful and methodical about where the holes are placed, the water pressure will not decrease so much that the sprinklers cannot do their job. Small slits about the width of your pinky fingernail every couple of feet should be enough. Then turn your outdoor faucets on full blast. The water that squirts from the holes should and can reach the areas of your lawn that are untouched by the reach of your sprinklers.
Place Sprinklers In Areas Of Bright Sunlight
As you may have already noticed, your grass is probably higher in places where it there is full shade. The sun is not killing it or evaporating the water from the sprinklers too quickly. With that in mind, place your sprinklers in the various parts of your yard that receive the full blast of the sun's light during the day. These areas will get more of the water they need to deal with the hot sun and the drought while your shaded areas get just enough to keep green and growing.
For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Krupske Sprinkler Systems.