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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Spring Is Here!!

FlowersTips to Care for Your Lawn and Landscaping

Spring is in the air!  The birds are singing and the bees are buzzing!  The trees are budding, flowers blooming, and grass is turning green again.  Such a great time of year to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. 

As the days grow longer and the weather warmer, many families gather outside to enjoy nature.  Columbus Water Works has put together a few tips to help you have the healthy lawn and garden you deserve!

  • Check your irrigation system: An irrigation system can spring a leak during the winter months.  It is important to have it checked every spring to make sure that it is working properly.

  • Don’t over-water your lawn.  Water only when the grass or plants show signs of needing it.  To test whether or not your lawn needs a soaking, step on the grass.  If it springs back up, you don’t need to water.  If it stays flat, it’s time to water again.

  • Water lawns during early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest.  When you water early, you can water less because more of the water is absorbed into your lawn.  This reduces losses from evaporation.
  •  Delay regular lawn watering during the first cool weeks of spring.  This encourages deeper rooting and makes your lawn healthier for the rest of the summer.  It also delays the first time you have to mow the grass.

  • Watch the clock: Watering during the heat of the day or at night can actually harm your lawn.  “Scald” or “burn” damage occurs when hot sunlight hits water droplets that cling to leaves.  The tiny droplets imitate powerful, miniature magnifying glasses.  At night, cool, moist conditions create an ideal environment for lawn diseases to develop.

  • Check your aim.  Don’t water your street, driveway or sidewalk.  Position your sprinklers so that your water lands on the lawn and shrubs and not the paved areas.

  • Add organic matter to soil: Compost or mulch improves the ability for the soil to hold water and nutrients.  Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.

  • Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs, trees and plants.  They require less watering and are usually native to our area.  Check with your local nursery for advice.  

  • Put the right plants in the right places:  Read the plant tag and ensure it is appropriate for the location you want to plant it.  Consider your slope and drainage patterns.

  • Please don’t drizzle.  A light sprinkle is the least effective method of watering.  In fact, it can damage your lawn.  A good soaking gets to the “root” by encouraging deep, solid root growth.  Lawns without deep root growth are less drought resistant and more prone to winter kill.

  • Harvest water for irrigation:  Collect the rainfall in rain barrels to use for irrigation.

Remember that outdoor watering is permitted daily from 4 pm to 10 am.

For more information about the drought and current drought response levels, visit www.gaepd.org

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