jeremiah bailey wrote:
Personally, a sprinkler system is not on my wish list. My lawn keeps up just fine with the other lawns over the growing seasons and I just let the rain do its thing. A couple of neighbors go to the hassle of watering, (no, I don't keep track of how they water or how much.) Their lawns go dormant for the summer just the same as mine. The biggest thing to keep in mind for our cool climate lawns, is they go dormant and turn brown over the summer. No reasonable amount of watering is going to change that.
For me, it is a thick, green turf .... green throughout the summer ... speckled with herbs and wildflowers ... that feels spongy under my bare feet and smells wonderful when I mow it.
Don't know how much lawn you're talking about, or if it's existing or something new you are thinking about doing.
If it's more than the average small back yard, then yes, a sprinkler system is definately the way to go. If properly designed for head-to-head coverage, you'll use alot less water than if you try to get every spot sufficiently irrigated by hand, and if you have quite a bit of lawn, you'll be out there all day with a hose. If you have a little more $ still, a programable clock and a rain sensor can be added. The rain sensor will skip the regularly scheduled watering in case it rains, hence the name.
As was previously stated, it's better to water deeply and infrequently, as this will encourage deeper root growth, which in turn will make your lawn more drought tolerant.
Another way to save water is to get a mower that can cut the grass "higher," say...in the 4" range. Some people may think it's time to cut the grass when it's at this height, but if you don't mind the look, longer grass blades help to shade the soil and decreases water requirements. And don't throw away those grass clippings! These contain nutrients from your soil that you don't want to have to replace. If you mow often enough (generating just a small amount of cut), leave them in place for the earth worms to eat! If you cut too much at one time, compost them and spread over the lawn when ready.
Hope this helps.
spreading compost once or twice per year
Erma Bombeck wrote a book called "The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank"