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Lawn Sprinkler Myths

When homeowners decide whether to install a sprinkler system, finding the right information can be daunting. As increased environmental conservation efforts collide with business interests, it can be especially hard to pick out the fact from the fiction. Unfortunately, a few lawn sprinkler myths are still hanging around. They often get repeated like long celebrated facts, and they can sound reasonable enough. This week, we are reviewing and debunking some of the most common sprinkler myths.

Myth #1: Always Seed in Spring

As far as believable myths are concerned, this one just makes sense. The temperatures are still cool in the spring, and the generous rains ensure that everything grows as much as possible, right? Wrong. Depending on what kind of grass you’re planting, you may actually want to wait until fall. This is particularly true if you’re overseeding your lawn. Overseeding is planting grass seed in an area of the lawn that already has some grass cover, allowing the new seed to fill in gaps and take advantage of well-nourished soil. The soil is also still warm in the autumn, even if the weather is starting to cool down. Check your seed satchel to know for sure if you’ve got an autumn variety!

Myth #2: Sprinkler Systems Use More Water

This is bound to be one of the biggest myths about sprinklers, and it gets spread around a lot. There are people who go so far as to say a garden hose is all you need. While that can be true for smaller properties, the amount of water waste you may produce while using a hose for a larger property can definitely add up. Overwatering is also a huge risk that you might not notice. Most people are prone to human error, and if you’re one of them, chances are you’ll trust your gut to water areas you feel need more water than others while leaving some parts of your lawn to suffer. Advances in technology have made sprinklers more water and energy-efficient than ever. A properly installed system pays for itself faster than you might expect in saved water and lawn repair costs.

Myth #3: You Should Water at Night

Overwatering is a big problem, and the problem is made even worse when the water in your lawn can’t evaporate under the heat of the sun. This myth has a little grounding in reality, depending on the time of the year. Generally, between 4:00 AM and 9:00 AM is the best time to water, as it’s still cool enough for the water to penetrate the soil but still gives the water sufficient time in the sun to evaporate. Watering at night lets water hang around far longer than it’s useful. This promotes fungal growth and root rot in extreme cases. Unless you’re hunting for nightcrawlers, save the watering for the early morning hours.

In Conclusion

There’s more to the “common knowledge” about sprinkler systems and lawn care that might catch you by surprise. You can usually dismiss lawn sprinkler myths about expensive costs, expensive operational fees, and other pricey overhead outright. A well-installed and well-maintained sprinkler system saves money in the long run. That’s why so many businesses rely on them to keep their greenery lush and healthy. You’re bound to have lots of questions if you’ve never had a sprinkler system before, and luckily, we’re here to help.

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We’ve mentioned the benefits of having a professionally installed, well-maintained sprinkler system – that can’t be overstated. By working with us, you ensure that not only are the specific needs of your lawn met but also that they’re met efficiently and in a way that ultimately saves you money in the long run. Florida can be brutal on lawns. We’ll help yours be the best that it can be.

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