Give Your Sprinkler a Rest!
July 12, 2021
Lawns don't need to be watered every day. Watering every three to five days is sufficient and even less often if it rains. When you do water, give the lawn a thorough soaking. This will produce a deep root system and stronger grass. Daily watering results in shallow roots and weaker grass. Choose a sprinkler, which delivers large flat drops rather than a fine mist. The sprinkler should also suit the size and shape of your lawn.
If your grass is green . . . it doesn't need watering!
Lawns only NEED a total of two to three centimetres of water a week. More is not better. To determine how long it takes for your lawn to receive two to three centimetres, place a can under your sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill the can to the 2-centimetre level. Or you can program your automatic timer on your sprinkler to water your lawn only as much as it needs and at the right time of the day.
Sun tanning and lawn watering don't mix!
The best time to water your lawn is during the coolest times of the day. Watering in the early morning when it is cool or in the late evening after the sun has gone down will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.
Don't water lawns on sunny days when water droplets magnify the sun's rays causing the grass to burn.
Don't water on windy days; wind will evaporate the water.
Short grass belongs to the golf course.
Cut your grass higher than usual (over six centimetres) to provide shade for the roots. Taller grass holds water better and actually looks richer.
How can I help?
The Town of Hinton is asking residents of Hinton to restrain from watering lawns and gardens from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Street addresses ending in even numbers water only on even calendar days.
- Street addresses ending in odd numbers water only on odd calendar days.
Our water supply capacity is limited and we need to reduce water consumption.
The Town of Hinton thanks you for your anticipated co-operation. For further information contact Infrastructure Services at 780-865-2634.