Currently, our area is experiencing a rain deficit of 20 inches. As you can see, our lawn is not a pretty sight. Bill will occasionally say, “Guess I need to water the grass.” I respond with “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of God stands forever. If God wants our grass watered, He will do it Himself.” He will shrug at me and walk away.
To me, watering the yard is like throwing money in the street. I watch the water come out of the sprinkler, cascade across the grass and run out into the road, forming a little river into the gutter down the hill. I want to chase it. Scoop it up. Bring it back. Maybe I could build a little dam or build a tall wall to keep the water in… or, I could just hide the hoses from Bill. That’s a lot cheaper.
I do consider the price we pay by not watering our yard, especially when the grass crunches and stabs under my bare feet. But, when I pass our neighbors overgrown, well-watered grass, I picture each blade as a dollar bill, waving at me.
Will I ever water the grass? If the time comes that we place our home on the market, yes. Curb appeal has a lot to do with the purchase of a home, and at that point, it becomes an investment that will reap a healthy dividend. However, I will still be careful to water my grass in a way that gets me the most bang for my buck:
- Water only when the 30% to 50% of the grass takes on a blue-gray tint, begins to curl up or wilt and loses its bounce.
- Check your soil. If it is damp, hold off on grabbing the hoses.
- Water until it has penetrated 6 to 12 inches to encourage root growth.
- If the water begins to run off before it is absorbed, turn off the water and wait for it to sink into the soil and then turn the water back on.
- Water in the morning so the heat does not evaporate the water before it has a chance to soak into the soil. If you water in the evening, you could be inviting turf diseases to come camp out on your property.
- Arrange the sprinklers so they water your grass and not the street, sidewalk, driveway or neighbor’s lawn… and watch to make sure your neighbor does come nudge your sprinkler in his direction.
What do you think? Do you water your grass?
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