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Facts about Watering
deep watering is much better than watering several times
need about 1 inch of water each week. If the weather is very
hot, apply an inch of water about every 3 days.
Watering to a depth of 4-6 inches encourages deeper,
healthier root development. It allows longer periods between
measure the water, put an empty tuna can (or cat food can)
on the lawn while watering. Stop watering when the can is
full or if you notice water running off the lawn.
Facts About Your Soil
Different soil types have different watering needs. You don't
need to be a soil scientist to know how to water your soil
properly. These tips can help.
the soil around plants so it can quickly absorb water and
1- to 2-inch protective layer of mulch on the soil surface
above the root area. Cultivating and mulching reduce
evaporation and soil erosion.
soil: Add organic material such as compost or peat moss.
Till or spade to help loosen the soil. Since clay soil
absorbs water very slowly, water only as fast as the soil
absorbs the water.
soil: Add organic material to supplement sandy soil.
Otherwise, the water can run through it so quickly that
plants won't be able to absorb it.
soil: The best kind of soil. It's a combination of sand,
silt, and clay. Loam absorbs water readily and stores it for
plants to use.
moring or night is the best time for watering to reduce
control where your water goes, water when it's not windy.
Fertilizers provide nutrients necessary for plant health and
growth, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These are
what N, P, and K stand for on bags of fertilizer. Nitrogen (N)
is needed for healthy green growth and regulation of other
nutrients. Phosphorus (P) helps proper roots and seeds develop
and resist disease. Potassium (K) is also important in root
development and disease resistance. When properly applied, the
nutrients in fertilizers are absorbed by plants and little of
these nutrients enters ground or surface water resources.
Use the Right Fertilizer
your soil to find out what nutrients are needed. Contact
your local Natural Resources Conservation Service or
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extention Service
office to get information on obtaining a soil test. Local
fertilizer dealers can also be helpful.
test will help you understand what your plants require.
a fertilizer that has at least one-fourth of the nitrogen in
a slow-release form, such as sulpher-coated urea.
Leave the grass clippings to decompose on the lawn. Annually,
this will provide nutrients equivalent to one or two
fertilizer applications. Set mower at 2 inches to reduce water
use during hot weather.
Apply Fertilizer Properly
best to apply fertilizer when the soil is moist and then
water lightly. This will help the fertilizer move into the
root zone where it is available to the plants, rather than
stay on top of the soil where it can be blown or washed
the weather. Avoid applying it immediately before a heavy
rain system is predicted to arrive. Too much rain (or
sprinkler water) will take the nutrients away from the
lawn's root zone.
minimal amount of fertilizer necessary and apply it in
small, frequent applications. An application of 2 pounds of
fertilizer five times per year is better than 5 pounds of
fertilizer twice a year.
Calibrate your fertilizer spreader to be sure you know
exactly how much material is being discharged in a given
space. Follow instructions accompanying your spreader.
spreading fertilizer, cover ends of the lawn first, ten go
back and forth across the rest of the lawn, using half of
the recommended amount. Shut the spreader off before
reaching the ends to avoik over-application. Apply the other
half of the fertilizer going back and forth perpendicular to
the first pattern.
of fertilizer bags or containers in a safe and
Alternatives to Pesticides and
When used incorrectly, pesticides can pollute water. They also
kill beneficial as well as harmful insects. Natural
alternatives prevent both of these events from occurring and
save you money. Consider using natural alternatives for
chemical pesticides: Non-detergent insecticidal soaps, garlic,
hot pepper sprays, 1 teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of
water, used dishwater, or forceful stream of water to dislodge
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