As we already know, watering the grass and surrounding landscape in your yard is the key to success. However, it’s not uncommon for Atlanta homeowners to become overzealous with their watering efforts, causing more harm than good. The yard and landscaping experts at Artistic Landscapes break down the ideal watering guide to maintain a gorgeous landscape that you can enjoy for years to come.
What’s in Your Soil?
The predominant type of soil for the north metro Atlanta area is Georgia red clay. Clay is made up of superfine particles with properties similar to glue and cement. When the clay binds together it allows for little, if any, air circulation. Tilled and aerated clay quickly compacts unless organic matter is added to it. Since plant root systems tend to be shallow, sunlight dries the soil quickly, requiring frequent watering. During consistent 90-degree days, you may need to water every day in the areas that receive full sun.
Don’t Drown Your Landscape
While your first instinct might be to make sure that your plants have plenty to drink, the Georgia red clay does not bode well for water absorption. Waterlogged soil that does not dry out will kill plants and grass, sometimes, quite literally, drowning their roots. The best way to combat this is with an automated sprinkler system that waters your landscape only during periods of consistent weather.
Watering your lawn and surrounding landscape with a quality sprinkler system during the summer months can ease the uncertainty of knowing whether you you’ve watered too much or too little. Contact your landscaping experts to discuss what irrigation system options will work best for your yard.