Watering Smartly

posted on April 24th, 2012 by

As the weather warms up, that sprinkler system does start to get tempting. Sure, it’s an investment, but it will make sure the grass and garden alike are watered just right, with little thought. And hey – the kids will enjoy it too!

Of course, Zoysia grass doesn’t need much watering! Unless there hasn’t been any rain for some time, it will do just fine with very little maintenance. But what about those flower beds?

While sprinklers might seem like a great solution, unfortunately they tend to waste a lot of water. As OrganicGardening.com points out, we’ve all seen that sprinkler that waters the sidewalk more than the garden! Not only are sprinklers far from “green” when it comes to conservation, they can actually encourage plant diseases, which could mean an end to the green in your lawn and garden, too. Instead, we recommend judicious hand watering with a hand sprayer or even a watering can.

So, how do you know if it’s time to water your garden? A good measure is that green thumb of yours! Stick it in the soil about two inches, and if the soil is not moist, it’s time for a little shower. For those looking for a more precise way to measure your garden’s moisture we offer an easy-to-use Moisture Meter. Just be sure not to overwater – the soil should get nice and damp, not soggy, when you’re finished.

To make the most of your water, put it on your plants early in the morning before the hot sun comes and evaporates it. This way the garden has time to drink it up and you’ll get more bang for your drop!

Of course, the best way to conserve water and make sure that your garden doesn’t get thirsty is to let Mother Nature do the job. Watch the forecast carefully and schedule your regular watering so it doesn’t fall too closely to an upcoming rainfall.

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8 Responses to “Watering Smartly”

  1. The Lawn Guy Says:

    May 3rd, 2012 at 1:55 am

    This is a great eye-opener! Yes, that’s what I love about Zoysia grass because they don’t need much watering. I will definitely try your advise and thanks for sharing your ideas!

  2. Jack Payne Says:

    May 4th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    i’m in little rock arkansas. i planted plugs starting june 1st finished mid july about 8″ apart. 98% plus thriving. I read all your POST. I still have a question it looks like the plugs are spreading nicely and are also producing seed pods 3″ to 4″ tall, they are starting to dry and when pulled thru my fingers most come off. should I help them come off like drag a carpet over them or what? Will they grow if I do the right thing? Thanks Jack

  3. admin Says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Jack – Zoysia will produce seeds under wet conditions. The production of seed slows down the spreading so it is best to cut them off and to keep the grass around 2 inches. If the grass (not the seed pods) has grown tall only about 1/3 of the height should be cut per mowing. Unfortunately the seeds will not germinate to grow grass without manipulation of the seed.

  4. Suzi W Says:

    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I have to rely on a lawn service to mow. They are adamant about cutting all customers’ yards at 3.5″. My yard has nice St Augustine in dappled sun in the main area, but bermuda choked it out in the smaller areas between the sidewalk and curb. Ditto for the back yard which is mostly pool. Can I plant the zoysia plugs amidst the 3.5″ bermuda? I can opt for bi-weekly mowing, no less frequently or the service will cancel me. I’m in north Houston. Will zoysia work for me given the above?

  5. Suzi W Says:

    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Will zoysia choke out wandering jew? The previous homeowner planted it in beds all around the back yard. Despite spraying with Round Up then covering in heavy weedcloth & rocks, digging up beds, etc., it always comes back. I want to plant zoysia in the back yard which is mostly pool. There is a bed next to the garage that is all rocks and wandering jew I can’t kill. Will the zoysia spread into the bed and choke out the wandering jew?

  6. admin Says:

    July 26th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Suzi – Zoysia should be kept at a maximum height of 1.5 – 2 inches. While it doesn’t grow incredibly fast, you should be okay mowing twice per month as long as they are properly maintaining the grass in other ways as well. As far as the Bermuda is concerned, since this is another type of spreading grass, if you Zoysia among the Bermuda they will compete trying to choke one another out. If you wish to plant Zoysia plugs among the Bermuda, you’ll need to clear a 4 inch space around each plug planted. In time, the Zoysia will fill in those holes.

    Unfortunately, Zoysia cannot choke out Wandering Jew. To get rid of it, the best bet is to call a local nursery or landscape outfit and ask if they have any suggestions on how to get rid of it in the specific climate in which you lives. Once the Wandering Jew is gone, Zoysia plugs can be planted and will eventually take over the space, including the bed.

  7. George Says:

    August 6th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I live in Jacksonville, Florida. My back yard is subject to puddling during extremely heavy rains, so much so that I have a sump pump installed to help with drainage. Will Zoysia grass tolerate the damp soil that my yard occasionally experiences? The St. Augustine grass in my front yard needs to be replaced, and my back yard has never really been planted with grass (it has a combination of weeds and grasses). I’m concerned Zoysia grass won’t grow tolerate the damp soil.

  8. admin Says:

    August 10th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    George – Your front yard sounds OK for Zoysia, but any place you need a sump pump to drain water is probably too wet for Zoysia. If you give our customer service a call at 410-756-2311 and we can talk with you further on the subject.

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