In Central Texas, it can be tough to know whether it’s the right time to water your lawn or not. The long, hot summers can do damage to your lawn without frequent watering, but watering at the wrong time can harm your lawn too.
How much water is too much? And how much is not enough? Texas A&M University did a watering study to help Texans answer these questions, then used the results to develop WaterMyYard.org, a free online site for statistics and advice.
Grass generally needs enough water to soak the soil thoroughly about 6 inches down and .62 gallons are needed to reach one inch of water per square foot. So you’ll need to do some flow rate math to calculate how much your sprinkler or hose puts out, and go from there.
Or, as a much easier solution, you can consult with a lawn service professional who’s used to doing these kinds of calculations. They’ll let you know exactly how much watering your lawn will need at various times of the year.
A lawn maintenance professional also has the expertise to factor in recent rainfall patterns for your area. They’ll be able to see your lawn up-close, gauge the impact of your lawn mowing habits, and determine whether you’re watering correctly.
How to Handle Fertilizing
You might have noticed that fertilizer bags are stamped with mysterious numerical codes like 20-5-10 or 29-0-5. What do these mean, and how do you know which grass fertilizer to choose?
The three numbers represent three vital elements for sustaining plant life: nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. Nitrogen is extremely important for plants to thrive, and you’ll see that the first number is usually higher than the others.
Fertilizer nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium levels should be matched to your grass and soil types. Never assume it’s best to simply grab a bag of fertilizer with the highest numbers, or you could burn and kill your grass. On the flip side, inadequate nutrients can cause your grass to starve.
It’s difficult to select a specific fertilizer blend without knowing some information about your existing grass, soil type, and geographic area. Texas has a wide variation in soils.
So let’s take a moment to talk about soil testing and how it can benefit your lawn.
The Importance of Soil Testing
Perhaps you’ve wondered whether soil testing is really necessary. Is it a waste of time or is it an insider secret known only to the pros?
It’s certainly not a waste of time if you want a lush, thick, healthy lawn. Thorough soil testing not only shows the makeup of your soil in general, but it reveals that you may have soil variation in different areas of your property.
If you’re struggling to maintain a consistently green and vigorous lawn, consider going back to basics with a soil test.
Long-Term Lawn Maintenance
Nurturing a healthy lawn is about keeping everything in balance and under control: mowing, watering, fertilizing, and the impacts of weather, grass type, and soil. It can be a big job.
When you need help giving your Texas lawn the loving care it deserves, turn to Just Right Lawns. We maintain the best lawns in Austin, San Antonio, and beyond.