Greengirls Helen Yarmoska, Nicole Hvidsten, Martha Buns, Connie Nelson, Kim Palmer and Mary Jane Smetanka are dishin' the dirt from the back-yard garden and beyond. Whether you're a greenthumb or greenhorn, they're eager to learn from your mishaps, mistakes - and most importantly, your sweet successes - all growing season long.

Sprinklers today, really?

Posted by: Helen Yarmoska under Grasses Updated: May 24, 2012 - 11:42 AM

 

On my way in to work this morning, I saw someone’s sprinkler system running.  Seriously?  We received about 3” of rain last night and someone doesn’t take the time to turn off their system.  Plus there is more rain on the way… and it was forecasted for about a week.

 


Now I’m not your best water conservationist.  I don’t have a rain barrel and I rinse my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.  But seeing that person’s sprinkler going this morning really got me going.  Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and we don’t have a problem with obtaining enough water – but what if we did?  What would need to be done in terms of public education?


This is a gardening blog so I’ll get back to that… BREATH.


A lawn needs about 1” of water per week.  The best time of day to water is very early in the morning and once or twice per week.   It is best to provide more water and allow that water to sink deeply in the soil rather than short frequent bursts of watering (10 minutes daily).


And while we are talking lawn care, friends have been asking me about weed control.  Usually, you should wait until the end of June before applying post emergent killers.  This year is out the window due to our early Spring.  If weeds are bad, whack ‘em… just like I wanted to whack that sprinkler owner this morning.
 

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