Surface damage, fungus, more weeds and loss of nutrients are just a few of the effects of overwatering your lawn. Sadly, overwatering is a common issue for most people. Too many people water their plants and their lawn too much, too often and at the wrong times.

So how do you know how much water your lawn and garden need? While there’s no simple answer to this question, since every lawn and environment is different, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you keep your watering habits in check.

Your lawn

Growing a healthy lawn begins with choosing the right type of grass for your area. When choosing a grass, you should consider your climate, soil type, amount of shade and the amount of activity your lawn gets. How much watering your lawn requires will depend on the type of grass you get. What’s important to remember is to choose the right grass for your area and do your research to ensure that you are watering that grass correctly. You may want to consider investing in irrigation installation in Fort Lauderdale, FL to help ensure that your lawn gets the right amount of water, even when you are not home, and regardless of rainfall in your area.

Your vegetable garden

Just like your lawn, the amount of water your vegetable garden needs depends on the type of vegetables you want to grow and the climate you live in. For example, green peppers typically require more water than cucumbers. Plants in soil with a high sand content require more water than plants in soil that contains more clay. Overall, vegetable plants have shallow roots and require more frequent watering compared to other plants. The best time to water your vegetables is in the morning, which reduces water evaporation.

Your flower garden

While different types of lawns and vegetables can often be grown in climates that are less than ideal, flowers often won’t do well at all if they are not carefully chosen for your specific weather and soil conditions. How well a particular flower does may even depend on where in your yard you plant it.

For example, roses require extra special care. To keep a rose healthy, you need to give it about two inches of water per week. Lilacs, on the other hand, only require watering about every 10 to 14 days. As with your lawn, it’s important to do your research on specific flowers before you plant them to ensure that they are a good fit for your climate and to determine how much watering they will need.

One way to ensure that your lawn, vegetable garden and flowers all get the water they need is by installing an irrigation system. At Spillers Sprinklers Inc., we specialize in irrigation installation in Fort Lauderdale, FL. With one of our smart irrigation systems, you can take all the guesswork out of watering your plants and your lawn. To learn more about irrigation systems, contact us today!