As a landscaping contractor, it can be difficult to know which irrigation techniques are best for your specific area. In Texas, those tips could vary significantly based on the region you work in. The closer to the Gulf of Mexico your region is, the more irrigated the land most likely is. If it rains more in your area, it’s good to know exactly what the predicted precipitation levels will be for the season you are landscaping in. Here are some of the best irrigation techniques you can use as a Texas contractor.
- Time to water: If possible, try to water in the early morning or evening time when temperatures are cooler.
- Check for leaks: You should double-check your client’s faucets for any leaks if you are using their water system for any of your landscaping work. While you check for leaks, you should also make sure their sprinklers are facing the lawn, and not sidewalks or the house.
- Drip irrigation: If your client doesn’t already have a drip irrigation system in place, you can recommend they get one. This is the most efficient way to water a lawn, because the line goes directly to the lawn.
- Dig up the weeds: One of the first things you should so as a landscaping contractor is remove all the weeds. This will help with irrigation tremendously.
- Select the right grass: There are several varieties of turfgrass that are likely to grow well in the different areas in Texas. The twdb.texas.gov site has a great table of what type of grass will grow in drought or be affected by shade. Take a look at this table when you are planning for your client’s new lawn.
- Get the right soil: You might do some research on any types of soil that have been planted in your client’s yard. You will, of course, want to conduct a pH level soil test on the existing soil, but ask your client if there have been any soils that they know before the current soil.
- Calculating your water needs: Take five open-top shallow cans and place them on the lawn. Let the sprinkler run for about 30 minutes. Measure the depth of water in each can, and determine the average depth by adding the total from each can and dividing that sum by five. Insert a probe into the soil to measure the depth of the dry area. Wet soil will pierce easily, so stop when you hit the resistance of the dry soil. If 30 minutes yields three inches of wet soil and an average of ½ inch accumulation of water in the cans, an hour will yield six inches of wet soil and one inch accumulation.
- Use naturalized plants: Unless your client is very persistent, try and stick to plants and flowers that are natural to the area in which you are working. The best landscapes will hold up if you use plants that are conditioned for that specific area. Remember to water the soil approximately four to six inches before planting anything in the yard.
Take these techniques, use them for your next client and see how much easier your job will become with these things in mind. Remember, before you begin to dig up your client’s lawn, call Texas811 before you dig!