Watering Lawns and Gardens Elk Grove CA

One secret to achieving lush, healthy lawns and bountiful gardens is thorough, careful watering, which encourages deep, drought-resistant roots. Both the frequency and method of irrigation and amount of water required vary with your climate, soil, and plants' needs in Elk Grove.

California Majestic Landscape & Mai
(916) 638-2607
7507 Reese Road
Sacramento, CA
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Residential Installation, Residential Irrigation, Commercial Installation, Commercial Maintenance, Commercial Irrigation, Pools, Lawns, Fencing, Lighting, Tree Removal, Specialty Gardens, Water Effects, Concrete Work, Design, Pest Control, Drainage, Other
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Ramirez Landscape Service
(916) 455-7292
P.O. Box 293315
Sacramento, CA
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Commercial Maintenance, Commercial Irrigation, Lawns, Pest Control, Drainage
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(916) 444-6458
1294 Kennady Lane
Sacramento, CA
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(916) 739-1420
4300 82nd Street, Ste. C
Sacramento, CA
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(209) 745-0491
P.O. Box 187
Galt, CA
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(916) 383-2662
8464 Specialty Circle
Sacramento, CA
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(916) 689-1015
Elk Grove, CA
 
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(916) 832-2010
5612 Rickey Drive
Sacramento, CA
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(209) 748-5813
Galt, CA
 
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(209) 745-6424
12400 Waldo Road
Galt, CA
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Watering Lawns and Gardens

Watering Lawns and Gardens

One secret to achieving lush, healthy lawns and bountiful gardens is thorough, careful watering, which encourages deep, drought-resistant roots. Both the frequency and method of irrigation and amount of water required vary with your climate, soil, and plants' needs.

Tools and Materials

  • Shovel
  • Sprinkler or drip irrigation
  • Measuring tape

Determine current soil moisture. Dig a 12-inch deep wedge of soil from your lawn or garden. Observe the amount of moisture in the sample. Water only if the top 6 inches of soil is dry.

Choose time of day. Evening and early morning are the best times to water because less water is lost to evaporation than with midday irrigation. On disease-prone plants such as roses, water in the morning to encourage the plants' leaves to dry quickly. Also avoid overhead sprinkling.

Choose watering method. Aboveground sprinklers cover large areas, such as lawns, most effectively but may encourage the spread of disease on roses, raspberries, beans, and other susceptible plants. In arid climates, around shrubs and trees, and in gardens, use drip irrigation for maximum water efficiency and disease control. Cover irrigation lines with mulch or bury them just under the soil surface.

Adjust sprinkler and drip systems. Set up overhead sprinklers so that water falls only on your lawn or garden and not on sidewalks, roads, or buildings. Adjust the water pressure of either type of system to allow water to penetrate the soil without puddling or running off.

Measure water depth. After 30 to 60 minutes, recheck the depth of water penetration in the soil at different places in the irrigation pattern. Move or adjust the sprinklers to achieve uniform coverage. Stop watering when soil is moist at a depth of 6 to 12 inches. To avoid digging test wedges in the future, note the length of time needed to achieve thorough watering.

Tips

Water your lawn and garden before plants show signs of wilting. Wilting stresses plants and may cause flower and fruit loss and poor growth.

To water vegetable and flower gardens containing tall plants that may otherwise block the spray, set sprinklers on a sawhorse, or use a tower-mounted sprinkler.

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Saving Water in Your Garden

It is hard to be stressed in the garden. Gardening can increase the water bill though so take steps to ensure that you’re doing what you can to conserve while at the same time gaining the benefits of a garden.

• Water during the coolest part of the day. Water quickly evaporates during the hotter parts of the day so it is better to water during the coolest part of the day such as the morning hours or the evening hours.

• Mulch around your plants. Mulching help keep weeds out of your garden. It also helps keep your soil from drying out too quickly.

• Select varieties of plants that perform well in your area. Some plants or varieties of those plants grow well with little extra watering.

• Try using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system for watering your garden. These uses up to half as much water as a regular garden sprinkler.

• Don't over water! If you aren't sure how long to water, place a shallow pan in the garden. When the pan is full, you have probably watered enough.

• Irrigation systems are helpful. By setting the time and length of time to water, they take the guess work out of watering.

Having a garden is very rewarding in many ways. You benefit from increasing fruits and veggies in your diet. You also save money by growing some of the foods you would normally purchase from a grocer and, if you are mindful of your water consumption, you can conserve water and save money!

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