What Do Stage 3 Water Restrictions Mean To My Landscape?

Most of the cities in the Dallas area will be switching to their stage 3 water restrictions as of November 1st. In general that means an every two week schedule.

Since the watering you should be doing in the fall is roughly half of what you would do in the summer, the simplest method of programming your controller is to water the same number of minutes you did in the summer (60 minutes per week for spray heads, 120 for rotors) except you’ll do it every two weeks instead.

What does this mean for your lawn and landscape? As long as you don’t miss one of your days your landscape should be fine. Our recommended watering schedule should replace any water lost during the two weeks. One of the few question marks though is annual installation. Since we haven’t done this before, we don’t know how our pansies with their small root system will handle the extended time in between watering. This is also not the time to over-seed winter rye or fescue because you won’t be able to water enough for the seed to germinate. Everything else should be okay.

One last thing to whether or not you need a new controller. Many controllers won’t automatically run on an every two week schedule so you will either need to remember to run them manually or invest in a new controller. One of the best on the market is Weathermatic’s Smart Line controller. It can be programmed to follow nearly all water restrictions including Stage Three and, for an additional cost, can track the high and low of each day and calculate the minutes it needs to water. We’ve been installing this controller for years and have been very impressed.

Don’t forget we’re offering $25 of our first hour of sprinkler repair. If you would like help setting your controller, click here to request a sprinkler check.

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Dallas Sprinkler Repair: Are you watering enough?

t’s summer in Dallas and that means temperatures at 100 degrees, give or take. So what what does under watering look like? In bermuda lawns most of the blades will turn slightly gray. You will see splotches of brown, sprinkled with grayish green grass and the lawn will look thin. Fortunately bermuda is an amazingly tough so once it gets enough water it usually springs right back. This photo is a good example of under watering.

How much should you water in the summer? In full sun your lawn will lose on average roughly one inch of water per week. Most spray heads (nozzles that spray in a fan pattern) put out roughly 1″ of water per hour. That means if you don’t water an hour per week your lawn gradually drys out. Imagine a slow leak in your car tire. If you don’t keep putting air into it at the same rate it’s leaking, eventually you’re going to have a flat tire. Rotory heads need to run even longer. Rotors are heads that spray in a stream and slowly turn. They typically cover twice the area with the same gallons of water the spray heads do which means they have to run twice as long. How many days per week should you water? The number of days per week doesn’t matter nearly as much as the total minutes per week.

These numbers are a good starting point but every landscape and every sprinkler system is different. In very shady areas you can probably cut back by 75% or more. Start with these minutes and then work up or down depending on how your lawn looks after a week or two.

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Lawn care tip: When is the best time of year to weed?

If there’s anything more annoying than weeds sprouting up throughout your Dallas lawn, it’s pulling each of those weeds. It might even seem like the old wives’ tale about pulling gray hairs applies to weeds: pull one weed and two more grow back. But if you time your weed pulling or weed control treatments right, you might just be able to see a decrease in the following season.

Lawn care specialists advise that if your Dallas lawn is comprised of 50 percent or more weeds, then it’s time for a “do-over.” But if you haven’t quite hit that limit (even if sometimes it seems that way), then you just need to strategize your weed control and come up with an effective battle plan.

For optimal weed prevention, Dallas lawn care experts recommend weeding in the spring and fall when they’re at their weakest point. During the spring, all plants are gearing up to grow, even weeds. The roots are trying to pump as much energy into the leaves as possible, which is where you need to take them out, thus eliminating much of the energy supply and ensuring they don’t have a chance to spread their seeds around.

If your weed problem rears its ugly head during the summer, Dallas lawn care technicians recommend weeding throughout the summer season, but get ready for the big battle in the fall. By treating germinated seeds, you’re able to get the weeds before they’ve even sprouted. If you were lucky enough to jump on the weeds in the spring, by fall they will be still trying to recover from the damage and will likely die off during the cold winter months when their much-needed nutrients and sunlight aren’t as prevalent.

If you’re tired of weeds in the summer, call your local Dallas lawn care company, Village Green Lawn and Landscape, before spring and fall to get a jumpstart on your weed battle!

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