This time of year, Major League Fishing standout Brian Latimer’s historically laser focused on catching big limits needed to cash big tournament checks. However, the Belton, SC native confesses that his new hobby this season is taking better care of this yard. In this Backyard Life video, Latimer’s showing off his immaculate lawn—and crediting lawn irrigation for its lush, green appearance. Watch this video for the inside scoop on his lawn irrigation tips.
Having spent the better part of his childhood and young adult years in his family’s landscape business, Brian’s well suited to share tips on the best way to water your lawn.
Brian says irrigating a large property (say, 2- 5+ acres) simply isn’t realistic from both a time and cost perspective. So, if you have a large property, Brian suggests irrigating a specific area you want to keep looking manicured. (Case in point: Brian’s property is 1 acre, and he only irrigates the front.)
Once you’ve chosen the lawn area you’ll be irrigating, Brian offers the following tips on doing so properly.
Reasons to Irrigate:
- You won’t have a lush, green lawn without irrigation
- Irrigation is a supplement to natural rain
Signs of Lawn Underwatering:
- You begin seeing hot spots and/or soil that’s not completely saturated
- Your lawn will be more disease prone
Signs of Lawn Overwatering:
- Excess tracking when you’re mowing
- Standing water—or a squishy feeling when you walk—on the lawn
- You’ll notice more lawn/soil compaction than usual
The Best Time to Irrigate Lawns:
- It’s a general myth that watering in the evening is best, since the moisture lasts longer
- Truth is, irrigating during the morning hours is best for your lawn
- Water at night might be in order if: a) your lawn’s experienced extremely long dry spells (say, 10-up to 30 days), or b) morning watering just isn’t keeping your lawn moist
Brian says to remember that your lawn’s a living organism just like you and your pets. Which means it’ll need the right amount of water to stay healthy and green, as well as ward off bare spots or disease.