It is best to use the “cycle and soak” method for watering. This method allows for water to be absorbed in our clay soils with minimal run off.
It looks like it could be a long, hot, dry summer this year. The big focus for your landscape at this time should be the irrigation system. Getting enough water to our grass, flowers, shrubs and trees is vital to protecting the investment they represent. On the other hand, too much water can be just as detrimental as not enough. It is a waste of a resource and money. A properly functioning irrigation system is the first key in this equation.
At some point in the spring, an irrigation system should be thoroughly checked and repairs to heads, lateral lines, main lines, valves and controllers should be made. Adjustments to coverage should be made at this time as well to ensure that heads cover correctly.
Secondly, set up the system to water correctly. Most landscapes in North Texas require 1” of water per week. Of course there are variables; plant type, sun exposure, soil type, slope just to name a few. To check the precipitation rate, set a bowl in an area and run that zone for 10 minutes. Measure the amount of water in the bowl. This will tell you how much water the heads in that zone put out in 10 minutes. Simple math will tell you how much to water that zone each week.
It is best to use the “cycle and soak” method for watering. This method allows for water to be absorbed in our clay soils with minimal run off. Set the system to water each zone for short periods of time 2-3 times per watering cycle. So rather than set a turf zone to water 15 minutes, set it to water 2 times for 7 minutes each. This is a much more efficient way to water.
Lastly, let your plant material tell you when to water. Grass, flowers and shrubs will give you signs that they need water. Off color and mild wilting are classic signs. Do not wait for severe wilting and discoloration. Just take a quick survey of the landscape each day. You will find that some areas need more frequent watering than others. This will help save water and keep overwatering to a minimum.
One more thing. Mulch beds. This will help hold in water and keep the weeds at bay.
Joel Barton, Manders Maintenance
Manders Maintenance was established in 1988. We serve largely the HOA and commercial market. Located in Plano, we are centrally located in our target market of Collin and Northern Dallas Counties. Services include: Landscape Management; Irrigation Services including water management; Installation, Design and Construction Services; Tree Trimming; and Consultation. Attention to detail, sustainable practices, Integrated Pest Management approach to chemical applications and customized management programs are our focus.
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