Back in April 2021, I put down new grass seed for my front and side lawn. I didn't want to over-water my lawn and cause seed to wash away so I bought a B-Hyve smart hose tap timer with wifi hub.
The hub is great as it will delay watering if rain is forecast. I can also override manually should the forecast be inaccurate. I also like it as I can turn the tap on and off using my phone.
When water alert levels are in place, I can add the restrictions to the hub so I don't even have to think about whether I am watering at the right time of day or the correct day of the week.
During my lawn journey, I have learnt the importance to water longer and less often to help send the roots as deep as possible. Deep rooted grass helps the plant survive longer in drought periods. I also purchased a granular wetting agent that sucks 5x more water helping to keep the roots moist for longer particularly during hot spells.
I have learnt that it's best to water in the mornings here in the Waikato where we have high humidity and high night time temperatures in the summer. When there was rain in the evenings this brought on fungus and affected the lawn quality (which required me to purchase fungicide).
I enjoy maintaining my lawn but I also value water and try to use it as efficiently as possible.
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