How to effectively water your lawn

I recently attended a presentation by the Texas A&M AgriLife Water University. Have you seen the new facility? It looks impressive, and I look forward to the eco-park to opening later this year. 

The Catch Can Test

In honor of Earth Day, I  bring you a simple watering test I learned about from the resources at Water University.  You can easily perform this test to ensure that you are properly watering your lawn. 

Texas A&M AgriLife recommends one inch of water per week from your sprinkler system during dry periods. The root zone of most lawns runs about 6 inches deep in clay soils. One inch of water will fill this zone. 

The catch-can test will help you understand how long you need to run each station on your system. Take a look...


Here are the steps summarized:

  • Place cans in a grid within the sprinkler zone. 
  • Water the zone for 5 minutes
  • Divide 1 by the number of inches you collected. (If you obtained a quarter of an inch of water, then you would divide 1 by .25 giving you 4)
  • Multiply that number by 5 - in this example, the result is 20. That is the number of minutes the station should be run to obtain one inch of water.

The dry season is coming, and it makes sense to water smart. I hope this inspires you to make a plan and participate in making water-efficient choices.

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