Listen to your Mother;  Mother Nature that is.  The fact is most lawns are overwatered.

We need to listen to what nature is telling us. We have become too dependent on our sprinkler systems, not observing what is really going on in the natural world. The grass will tell us what it needs.

Although sprinkler systems are more efficient in applying water to lawn areas than we can be dragging a hose around the yard, they do not make adjustments for actual climatic conditions. They just keep on watering, day after day, week after week, whether the grass really needs it or not. A set watering schedule may work best for us, but quite often  is not in synch with the needs of the grass. The best use of a sprinkler system may be to set it on manual and only turn it on when the grass really needs to be watered.

How do we know when the grass needs watering. One way is to give it the "Footprint Test." A good sign that your grass needs water is when it turns bluish- grey in color or looks like the blades are beginning to roll up. That's an indication it is dehydrated. Grass blades will wilt when they lose more water than they take up through their roots. Take a walk across your lawn. Turn around and  look back in the direction you came. If you can see "footprints" where you walked, the grass is stressed and needs water. If there are no signs of footprints and the grass seems to spring back up quickly, additional water is not needed.

The most efficient way to water our lawns maybe the old fashioned way. Let the grass tell us when it needs water. After all, Mother always did know best.

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