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What is your lawn watering pattern?

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What is your lawn watering pattern?

Basically, I water my lawn for around 10 min only after two days of no rain.

Bought the orbit smart sprinkler controller but haven’t got around to install it yet.

What is your watering frequency and duration?
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However the clouds and winds bring it.

Fresh water is a scarce resource.

Think twice before using it to make your grass look green.
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bizzyseller wrote: However the clouds and winds bring it.

Fresh water is a scarce resource.

Think twice before using it to make your grass look green.

With you on this one . I cut the grass high about 5 weeks ago . There are yellow spots here and there . But I won`t waste water on grass . It will go back to full green when it rains .
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In the summer 20 mins everyday at 6am, even when it rains Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes

In the fall it’s every other day
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bizzyseller wrote: However the clouds and winds bring it.

Fresh water is a scarce resource.

Think twice before using it to make your grass look green.
Is fresh water a scarce resource everywhere though? I mean, I live next to one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world, currently sitting near record highs. I get not using water sustainably (like if you're pumping it out of the ground, or all piling into a river, or live in a more arid climate), but there's plenty of freshwater in many places in Canada and it's showing no signs of going down. I guess treating it uses chemicals and energy, but the actual resource itself is basically unlimited where I live, so long as we don't start building pipes and transporting huge amounts far away to the desert.
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bizzyseller wrote: However the clouds and winds bring it.

Fresh water is a scarce resource.

Think twice before using it to make your grass look green.
so you never water your grass/ garden ever?
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Stopped watering ages ago. I have some good sprinklers for sale if anyone is interested lol

A well maintained lawn won't need watering. Keep your lawn at a good length, mow at the 2nd highest level, fertilize in the spring and fall.

My neighbor is freaking out at the moment, their lawn is yellow, they were able to get away with mowing short in May and June.... can't do that this time of year. Grass literally looks burnt. This is especially true if your lawn isn't healthy to begin with.
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Have never watered my grass or shrubs and they come out fine year after year. But then I’m not paranoid enough to yearn for a “lush green lawn”. A neat decent weedless lawn is good enough for me.

The only time I water is when I’m planting something fresh and that too for a week or two and then they are on their own Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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My water only goes to the garden for some fresh veggies. :twisted:
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Watering much less now, the last few years of top dressing the lawn to enhance water retention has payed off. Now I only water if temps are over 30 and no rain for a week. Rain barrel has been helpful to keep a few trees hydrated, it’s made a difference...
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You're not wasting water when you water your lawn - it all ends up back in the lake / evaporates into the air etc. It's a closed system. You can't waste water - can't get rid of it, and can't make any more.

However, you are diverting water from other uses and in areas with little water available, that's a problem. Watering your lawn when there is barely enough water to drink or provide other critical services is a problem.

You are wasting energy - the energy required to pump that water out of the lake, treat it, pump it to your home, maintain the infrastructure to do that, and then handle/treat the used water as it makes its way back to the lake through storm sewers etc.

Long story short, quit watering your lawns, plant things that can survive on their own and put more trees in the ground. All these groomed patches of manicured lawns are an incredible waste of resources in general.
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torontotim wrote: You're not wasting water when you water your lawn - it all ends up back in the lake / evaporates into the air etc. It's a closed system. You can't waste water - can't get rid of it, and can't make any more.

However, you are diverting water from other uses and in areas with little water available, that's a problem. Watering your lawn when there is barely enough water to drink or provide other critical services is a problem.

You are wasting energy - the energy required to pump that water out of the lake, treat it, pump it to your home, maintain the infrastructure to do that, and then handle/treat the used water as it makes its way back to the lake through storm sewers etc.

Long story short, quit watering your lawns, plant things that can survive on their own and put more trees in the ground. All these groomed patches of manicured lawns are an incredible waste of resources in general.
Yup! I wish I don’t have a lawn but bought the house like this. I ain’t putting in rocks when there is a perfectly good lawn ready for me.

But if I had to do it again, it will be fake grass or rocks
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torontotim wrote: You're not wasting water when you water your lawn - it all ends up back in the lake / evaporates into the air etc. It's a closed system. You can't waste water - can't get rid of it, and can't make any more.

However, you are diverting water from other uses and in areas with little water available, that's a problem. Watering your lawn when there is barely enough water to drink or provide other critical services is a problem.

You are wasting energy - the energy required to pump that water out of the lake, treat it, pump it to your home, maintain the infrastructure to do that, and then handle/treat the used water as it makes its way back to the lake through storm sewers etc.

Long story short, quit watering your lawns, plant things that can survive on their own and put more trees in the ground. All these groomed patches of manicured lawns are an incredible waste of resources in general.
Tell that to the south Africans. Or anywhere where there's a water shortage.
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deep wrote: Saving water here doesn't make water appear there.
If everybody were to drive 60s era, no emissions gas guzzlers, there would be far more smog. But nope. Thee few can do it because others don't. Just like watering the lawn. If EVERYBODY did it, you'd have far more water shortages. So go enjoy and be proud of your beautiful, lush lawn.
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THINKPOD wrote: Basically, I water my lawn for around 10 min only after two days of no rain.

Bought the orbit smart sprinkler controller but haven’t got around to install it yet.

What is your watering frequency and duration?
Frequent short watering is bad for the grass as it will encourage shallow roots. This will in turn require more frequent watering to keep it green. It’s a viscous cycle.

You ideally want infrequent watering but really give it a soak when you do so the earth is soaked deep in the ground. This will encourage deep roots. Most times nature will give you all you need, and will encourage this deep root growth. And this grass will stay green longer, naturally.
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pfbmgd wrote: With you on this one . I cut the grass high about 5 weeks ago . There are yellow spots here and there . But I won`t waste water on grass . It will go back to full green when it rains .
I noticed this too. I hadn't use my sprinkler for at least a 3 year period after it was damaged by contractors, but that actually saved me water.
I'm thiknkng of naturalizing my garden so I will never have to water it. The native plants should be self sufficient in any climate.
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fdl wrote: Frequent short watering is bad for the grass as it will encourage shallow roots. This will in turn require more frequent watering to keep it green. It’s a viscous cycle.

You ideally want infrequent watering but really give it a soak when you do so the earth is soaked deep in the ground. This will encourage deep roots. Most times nature will give you all you need, and will encourage this deep root growth. And this grass will stay green longer, naturally.
Oh, that's a good point! thx
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deep wrote: Saving water here doesn't make water appear there.
Not wasting a resource is an intrinsic good, isn’t it? We are not out of control pigs that consume whatever is not fenced off, I hope.

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