Lawn and Garden Watering Needs – Summer vs Fall

People are creatures of habit.

If they are used to watching a certain TV show at a specific day and time, and then the show’s broadcast changes, many will stop watching it.

Or, if they are taught from a young age to always turn the light out when leaving a room likely this habit will continue into their adult years.

Well, what are the sure signs that summer is ending and the autumn season he fast approaching?

Baseball pennant races, sure.

Leaves on trees changing colour? Perhaps, depending on what part of North America you live.

College football and the NFL starting? Absolutely, especially with that chill in the morning or evening air.

Grade school, high school and college classes starting? Yes.

Another sign of the changing seasons is that your home’s lawn and garden needs less water.

Last weekend, our underground sprinkler system came on as usual in the early morning. For us, we have it set to start at 6 am. It is a bit loud in the house and to have it on any earlier tends to wake us up. About an hour after it has finished I noticed that the driveway in the front of the house still had a fair amount of runoff from the lawn watering.

During the summer, there was hardly any such water runoff.

Of course it is easy to understand the difference. In the summer, the ground was more dry from the higher temperatures and longer daylight hours of sun.

Yes, another sigh that summer is ending and the autumn season fast approaching is that dusk appears sooner in the evening and the morning sun appears later and later in the morning. Thus, less direct daylight from the sun to dry up the soil.

So, noticing the increasing water runoff on our front driveway from the sprinkler is a good reminder to me, and to us all, to reduce the amount of time  that we have our sprinklers set to water both our lawn and gardens.

Or, for those who manually water both, remember that you do not need to water for as long your lawn and gardens now because the soil retains more moisture with lower temperatures during the day as well as reduced direct sunlight.

Reducing the amount of lawn and garden watering not only saves a scarce resource, clean water, but it will also see your water utility bills come down to save you money; that, as they way, is a win-win.

So, keep this in mind the next time you water outside.

And, if you do have an automatic sprinkler system, why not go right now and adjust the timer so have it water either less often or to water a shorter duration, or both.

Until next time.

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