We’re moisture challenged here in Lubbock, that’s no secret. We have to be responsible with every drop we use – hence the water restrictions we must follow. So what exactly are the watering rules we have to follow and what do they mean to your lawn’s health? You may be surprised to know that the watering restrictions aren’t all negative. They can actually have a positive impact on your lawn’s health. The lawn care experts at Ashton Walden have broken down the watering rules and also the reason why they’re not all bad.
When Can You Water?
Effective April 1st through September 30th, on your scheduled watering days, irrigation is allowed from midnight to 10:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. till midnight. No watering is allowed between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is to make sure water is not lost to evaporation during the heat of the day. Water less than 1.5 inches of water per week and (obviously) don’t water when it is raining. When you water, you must not have significant runoff.
Residents Must Take Turns When Watering
Not all residents can water at the same time. Each resident can water on two assigned days per week. So how do you determine when it is your turn to water your lawn? Your day is based on the last digit of your house address. If your address ends in 0, 3, 4, or 9, you water on Monday and Thursday. If your address ends in 1, 5, or 6, you water on Tuesday and Friday. If you address ends in 2, 7, or 8, you water on Wednesday and Saturday.
Why Is Occasional Deep Watering Better Than Watering Lightly More Often?
Some people would water their lawn every day if they could, but actually, that would not be good for your lawn either. Although they seem like restrictions, these irrigation rules aren’t actually detrimental to your lawn. Deeper watering less often promotes deeper root growth than watering lightly every day or two. Since weeds are generally scrappier and hardier than turf grass, they will benefit from light watering but it will promote shallower root growth for your grass leaving it vulnerable to heat and drought. By watering less often, but letting the water soak deeper into the ground, you are promoting a healthy, thicker lawn. A thicker lawn will naturally choke out more weeds, be more drought and disease resistant, and look better too.
At Ashton Walden Turf Services, our lawn care experts are here to help you get a great lawn. If you have questions, just give Ashton Walden Turf Services a call at (806) 632-3571 and we’ll be glad to help.