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How many times have you for-gotten to water your lawn -- or worseyet, over-watered it? You can elimi-nate the guesswork (and the gruntwork of dragging hoses around youryard) by installing an automaticsprinkler and drip irrigation systemthat is based on your specific land-scape, characteristics and geographi-cal region.A well-designed system ensurespeak efficiency, which means you’reonly watering your lawn when nec-essary. This is great for your grassand plants -- and for your pocket-book.New technologies are makingit even easier to optimize a water-ing plan for your lawn, as they canbe controlled from the comfort of your computer or from a handheldremote you can take into your back-yard. For example, the Irritrol PCWControl system is a software systemthat allows you to set up an irrigationcalendar for different areas of yourproperty. This smart technology caneven connect to the Internet and re-trieve the day’s weather for your zipcode, and change watering time andfrequency accordingly. Homeown-ers can visit www.irritrol.com tolearn more
Maintain your equipment
Keeping your mower properlymaintained will save you time allseason long. For walking mowers,a good maintenance routine is asfollows:•Carefully check blades forsharpness.• Make sure the cutting deck isclear of clippings. Cooking spray onthe underside of the deck will makea new mower easier to clean.•Check pull cords to ensure theyaren’t frayed.• Check that attachments are con-nected and working properly.• If you use your mower infre-quently, fill the tank with a fuel sta-bilizer.• Periodically change the oil andperform air filter maintenance.
Less is more
It’s tempting to cut the grass asfrequently as do your neighbors. Butwhere mowing is concerned, less ismore. You can prevent weeds fromtaking over your lawn by lettingyour grass grow out a bit, as longergrass supports a deeper root system.If you cut more than one-third of thegrass length, you will have clumps of clippings that lie on top of the lawn,slower decomposition, and a less at-tractive, bristly appearing lawnKeeping grass longer also al-lows it greater surface area to carryout photosynthesis, which results inhealthier plants. In addition, taller
Tips to save time
on lawn maintenance!
New technology allows users to control their irrigationand lighting from the comfort of their computer.
See TIPS page 6