Kansas summers are notoriously windy. Plenty of water is required to keep your grass green and healthy. How can you avoid watering your house, the street, and even the neighbor’s yard every time there’s a wind gust? Here are some tips to reduce water waste due to wind.
Water Early in the Morning
The morning is the best time of day to water your lawn. Wind usually increases as the sun heats the earth’s surface and warms the lowest part of the atmosphere first. This causes the warm air to rise and mix in the atmosphere. In the morning, lower atmospheric air is cooler and that air mixing doesn’t occur (there are exceptions to this like storms, fronts, etc.). Morning are also cooler, so you’ll have less evaporation.
Install and Use Smart Controllers
Many smart irrigation controllers have features that allow your system to access real-time weather data. When certain weather conditions are met and/or forecast, the system can automatically adjust. So if high winds are going to occur, the system can shut down until a more favorable time. Depending on the controller you select, you may also need to install an add-on wind sensor. While there is some cost for each of these devices, they will pay for themselves in the long-run.
Plan Your Landscaping
A strategically landscaped lawn is another way to control your water usage in the wind. Keep your lawn away from houses, buildings, sidewalks, and roads (or anything else that you don’t need to water) by planting shrubs or gardens in between. Wind-blown water from the lawn will get put to use at these borders instead of being wasted.
Install drip systems in the shrubs or gardens to ensure they receive enough water in addition to any overspray. Drip systems are typically installed underground, so they are not susceptible to the wind.
Watering your lawn in the Kansas wind can be a tricky task, especially if you’re trying to be conservative with your water consumption. A properly functioning Irrigation systems can help control and/or reduce water costs..
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