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The Water Ban Is Good For Your Lawn

We all want our grass to be greener. Now, the city is telling us that we can only water on even or odd days, based on our street address.

Well, I hate to say it, but this is a necessary evil. I will not go into the obvious environmental negatives of watering daily during the summer.

On the other hand, I want to tell you about the harm you are doing to your lawn when you water too frequently, like creating an un unestablished root base plus a weak disease and insect prone lawn. Watering every day may give you a green lawn today, but it will not provide you with that same green lawn tomorrow. As the saying, spare the rod, spoil the child, goes, the same is true for a lawn. When a homeowner provides water to his or her lawn everyday, its roots never have to go out on their own to look for water. When a person allows a lawn to dry up, their lawns roots start to stretch out to look for the water they are missing. The more they stretch and expand out, the more capacity they have to absorb and retain when water is available.

Yes, retain.

Blades of grass stand tall because they are turgid, or full of water. Roots expand and fill up with water that then moves up into the blades of grass through a process called, evapotranspiration. If a homeowner wants his or her turf green and full of life indefinitely, they need large roots full of water, not soil that is always damp on the surface.

The goal of watering is to saturate the soil for a long period of time, allowing the water to penetrate deep into the soil. Next, homeowners should allow multiple days to pass, so roots have to work hard and reach for water, which may be deeper than they are used to. These periods of artificial drought are good to suppress fungal growth, as well.

To learn more about making your roots strong, read the Scott Flanagan Landscape article next week, on How to Grow a Lush Lawn With Strong Roots.

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Make sure your yard is getting the treatment it deserves by giving local Orland Park small business Scott Flanagan Landscape a call at 708-460-5884.

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