Is your lawn in need of an irrigation audit? Hard to think about that after the spring that was. Nice and cool and plenty wet. However, one of the constants of life in North Texas is July is usually drier than a popcorn fart. This parched condition can persist into September and sometimes into November. The lawn, usually, is the first part of a landscape to show drought stress. I say “usually” because of February’s snow there is a lot of new landscaping. If you don’t keep them properly watered they will show stress before an established lawn. Proper watering practices are the key to a healthy lawn and landscape during these hot and dry times. The objective is to keep them alive and looking great and not waste water while doing so.
The goal is to apply 1 inch of water per cycle. When I ask folks “how long does it take to put an inch of water on the lawn” the answer usually goes like this “I water for 10 minutes”. It makes no difference how long you water if you don’t know how much water you are putting on. This is where an “irrigation audit” is needed. You can do this audit yourself.