THE SECRET TO A HEALTHY LAWN

The Secret to a Healthy Lawn

(ARA) - Most of us think that when it comes to our lawns, the more moisture the better. But too much of anything, even water, can be bad for your grass. The key to a healthy lawn is to give it the right balance of water along with other nutrients.

“It’s important not to over-water your lawn,” says Scott McLain, president of Garner Industries, a leading manufacturer of rain and water gauges based in Lincoln, Neb. “So many times, automatic sprinkler systems will kick-in right after it rains when they aren’t needed at all.”

Many people unknowingly give their lawns too much water. For this reason it’s a good idea to closely monitor how much water, including rain water, your grass is actually getting. The following are some lawn watering guidelines from Garner Industries.

Ideally you should water your lawn uniformly, once a week, for a long period of time. Rich organic soils will need less watering than sandy or clay soils, but in general your lawn should receive about 1 inch of water a week, including rain water.

A good way to monitor rainfall is with a rain gauge. These useful measuring devices have recently been growing in popularity. One unique option is the jumbo-sized EZread Rain Gauge. The hardy gauge can be mounted on a fence, post or yard stake and will accurately measure rainfall up to 5 inches. “Bigger is always better,” says McLain about the 26-inch gauge -- the largest available. “You can look out your kitchen window in the morning and see how much it rained from 50 feet away.”

Keeping track of rainfall is important; if grass stays wet for too long, it becomes more susceptible to diseases and insects. Too much water tends to leach nutrients and lime out of the soil causing poor growth and acidity.

Another reason to monitor rainfall: Many communities are encouraging conservation. It takes a lot of rain to replace all of the water we use. In drought conditions especially, watering lawns is not a priority. But a hearty rain can eliminate the need for watering for up to two weeks.

Try this test: poke a screwdriver into the ground and if it goes in easily, the water level is fine; if it’s difficult to push in, water longer and deeper.

The EZread Rain gauge (around $10) is a one-of-a-kind, patented device that is available at your local hardware and home stores such as Menards, Ace Hardware and Tru-Valu Hardware, or visit www.garnerindustries.com for more information.

Courtesy of ARA Content, www.ARAcontent.com

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