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Guide for Watering Grass During Summer

Green Grass Lawn by Heipei on Flickr

In the summertime, grass dries out quickly. It can be especially hard to keep up with watering the grass during the hottest months, or during heat waves.

How Often to Water

When the weather is hot, grass needs to be watered often. However, there are some things to keep in mind when you are planning your watering schedule.

Since the weather changes, so should your watering schedule! If you have a more temperate week, you should water your grass a little less than you would in a hotter week. If you have a heat wave, water your grass more than you would during a regular hot summer week.

Dry Grass in Summer by Mathias Groeneveld on Pexels
Dry Grass in Summer

When plants are drying out, they will grow stronger root systems as they search for more moisture. If you overwater plants, their root systems will not grow well, and this will cause problems later. While it’s unlikely in outdoor grass, you could also cause root rot, making the grass die. On the opposite side, if you water grass too little, it will dry out beyond return.

Make sure to water grass around two to three times per week. Don’t water your grass daily. Depending on the heat levels, you can water more or less than the regular two or three times a week.

Sprinkler System

Using a sprinkler system to water grass can save you a lot of hard work. Sprinklers are very simple to use. All you need is a garden hose and a sprinkler attachment. You can easily buy sprinklers at most home goods stores.

To set up a sprinkler system, you just need to get out the sprinkler and attach it to the garden hose. Then, turn on the water supply. Some sprinklers might have different settings, and work in slightly different ways.

Hand Watering the Lawn by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels
Hand Watering the Lawn with a Sprinkler

Some sprinklers will move back and forth automatically. If you have an automatic sprinkler, you just need to set it out in your lawn, and it will take care of watering your grass for you. If your automatic sprinkler only moves to spray one side, you will have to turn it and make sure that the other side of your lawn gets as much water.

If your sprinkler doesn’t move, you will just need to reposition it every so often. Make sure that your grass lawn is evenly watered.

Jet Pump System

If you want a permanent watering solution, a jet pump is a good option. Jet pumps have two different parts to them. They are half on the surface and half in a water source.

The pump portion of a jet pump is placed underground, and the sprinkler heads are above ground. A jet pump will provide more water pressure than a regular sprinkler, pushing the water out further. This is a great system, especially if you have a larger grass lawn and need to cover more area with the sprinklers.

To be able to use a jet pump, you need to live in an area with shallow groundwater, or be able to pump water in from a pond or a river nearby.

Sprinkler System using Shallow Well pumps or Jet pumps by Aqua Mechanical on Flickr
Sprinkler System – Uses Shallow Well Pumps or Jet Pumps

Well Pump System

Similar to jet pumps, well pumps have a higher pressure than regular sprinklers. Their water source is well water, so you will only be able to use a well pump system if you live in an area that uses well water, and you have a well close enough on your property to use.

The well pumps will be able to add pressure to the water from a well. Unlike water from a municipal water source, you need to add pressure to well water or it won’t be able to work to water lawns.

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Designing a Special Water Feature for Your Home

Backyard Pond by Devra on Flickr

Adding a water feature to your home is a great way to add some beauty to your outdoor
space. Water features are nice to look at and have a soothing sound. They make great
additions to any home.

Backyard Koi Pond – a Popular type of Water Feature

Designing a water feature can be complicated. You need to have the right amount of space
and equipment to make it work. There are a few steps that you need to take to make sure
that your water feature is both functional and looks good.

Excavate Your Garden

Before you put in a water feature, you need to clear some space for it. This can take some
time, especially if you already have an established lawn or garden. You need to clear out
space from plants, rocks, or anything else that obstructs the area.

Then, carve out the space that you want. Think about the size, shape, and depth that you
want your water feature to be before you start to dig. It will be much harder to fill the space
back up if you change your mind. If you have a large water feature in mind, get some help to
dig out the space.

Using Liners

Once you have the area excavated, you need to put some things in place so that the water
won’t just seep into the ground. First, add some sand around the bottom of the hole. Make
sure that you pour at least an inch of sand.

After you have added the sand, you can place a pond liner. This is what is going to keep your
water in the ground properly. By putting it over sand, you are making sure that it has a soft,
even layer underneath it, which makes it less likely to tear. Make sure that you leave some
of the liner sheet on the sides of the hole.

Set up Decorations

If you are going to use decorations around your water feature, now is the time to get those in place.

Think about what you want your water feature to look like. It’s a good idea to frame a water feature with rocks. It gives the water feature a nice, natural looking border, and will help keep the liner out of sight.

Putting plants around the edges of the water feature is also a great way to add some decoration. If you had a garden set up before you dug the hole for the water feature, you can reuse some of these plants and put them back around the hole. Plants will also work to make the water feature’s outline less obvious, and more natural.

Small Outdoor Waterfall – Rustic Water Feature

Install Water Pumps

There are two different types of pumps that you can use in your water feature. The type of pump you pick will depend mostly on the size of your water feature.

Submersible pumps are great for smaller water features. They can be used in fountains or waterfalls, but only if the amount of water you need to circulate through the water feature per hour is 50 gallons or less. A submersible pump will be placed underneath the water level, and should be invisible when you are looking at your finished water feature.

If you have a large water feature, you will need to have a centrifugal pump. This pump allows for higher water pressure, and will send the water further distances. You can do a lot of decoration with centrifugal pumps, and they will look great even from further distances. You would place this pump near the center of your pond.

Once you have the pumps for your water feature set up, all you need to do is add water.