April (and May) Showers Really Do Bring You Flowers
You know that old saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” is actually true. If you include March and May in northeast Texas rainfall totals, the first three months of spring actually green up your lawn and help you conserve water at the same time.
At your Flower Mound lawn mowing company, Main Street Mowing, we want to show you different ways to take care of your lawn and landscapes, as well as conserve one of our most precious commodities, water. Now is the time to scale back on your irrigation practices and allow nature to take its course when it comes to your lawn and landscapes’ water needs.
Technically, your lawn only needs about 1” – 1½” of rainwater per week to survive and thrive. So listen to those daily forecasts. If we’re supposed to have an inch of rain in Flower Mound, you won’t need to do any irrigating for the rest of the week. Likewise, if we had a ½” of rain on Monday with the promise of another ½” by the end of the week, you won’t need to turn on your irrigation system until we experience more time in between rainstorms.
Lawn irrigation after the rainy spring season
Inevitably, the rains will slow down or stop. It’ll get drier and hotter as the spring turns into summer. Since we’re still in a drought, we need to conserve water. Yet, at the same time, we want our lawns to be healthy and green.
Oddly enough, infrequent, deep irrigation is actually better for your lawn than daily sprinklings. Why? Because you want to encourage your turf to grow its root system deep down into the soil. And it can only do that if it’s watered deeply on an infrequent basis—such as once a week.
As your Flower Mound lawn mowing service, we know that there’ll be water restrictions being reinforced again this summer. And to help you get the most out of your irrigation sessions as well as save water at the same time, we want to share the following water-conservation tips with you:
1. Plan ahead. Hire a landscape designer or sketch some landscape ideas on paper to plant your landscaped beds into hydrozones. Consider putting plants together that require a lot of water and other plants, such as native ones, that don’t need a lot of water into their own groups.
2. Install an irrigation system or use a soaker hose. You can have an irrigation system installed onto your property that will help you water your lawn and landscapes at the right time of day, as well as turn off when there is enough water in the soil or when it starts to rain. Make sure that you buy the right one with rain and moisture sensors as well as a timer included in the system.
3. Consider harvesting your rain water. You can invest in a rain barrel or another harvesting system where you can store your rainwater to use on your lawn and landscapes at another time. You can also add a downspout diversion that’ll direct water to your lawn and landscapes instead of the street. Consider adding a rain garden that’ll collect water as it leaves your roof and downspouts and ends up in a pond. The water-loving plants in the rain garden will soak up that excess water and provide a natural habitat for birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
4. Take care of your lawn and landscapes. By checking your soil’s health, limiting your fertilizer use and other smart lawn care maintenance practices, you can save the water used on your lawn and landscapes. And don’t forget to mulch. Mulch helps retain moisture in your landscaped beds, borders, and areas where turf doesn’t grow.
As your Flower Mound lawn mowing company, we encourage you to conserve water as much as you can. And by utilizing spring rains, you can actually have beautiful lawn and landscaped beds this spring.
If you live in Flower Mound, Highland Village or Lewisville, TX and you’re looking for a reputable lawn mowing service, then call us today to make your appointment at 214-317-8301 or chat with us from Monday - Friday, 9 - 5, at http://mainstreetmowing.com/.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water Sense Landscaping.