Automatic smart sprinkler systems save you time and money! A recent 2018 study by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and National Association of Realtors asked why property owners complete outdoor enhancements. The study showed outdoor enhancements bring both financial and emotional happiness to homeowners! The report showed landscaping and automatic sprinkler systems are investments worth making. These additions give gratification to the homeowner quickly, and add long term value to the home when it's time to sell!
How To Solve Those 4 Mistakes:
1) Planting grass in the wrong area of your yard. Solve this by remembering that some grasses are a full sun plant with limited ability to adapt to shade. For shady areas, try ground covers or shade grass that will thrive in sun starved places.
2) Planting only one type of grass or the wrong type of grass. Choose a variety of grass seeds to help the lawn adapt to poor conditions like heat and drought.
3) Watering the lawn to little or too much. Most of the time your lawn needs one inch of water a week. Grasses prefer less frequent, deeper watering that give roots a good solid soak over more frequent shallow watering. Keep in mind each yard has it's own needs and weather conditions impact your cycles of watering. Try a smart sprinkler controller that acknowledges weather changes for best results.
4) Mowing too short causes problems. Most grasses thrive when they are trimmed to 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass height in one mowing.
Did you know there is an Oklahoma Proven Program? Their website, oklahomaproven.org has recommendations for annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees that sustain well in Oklahoma. The 2018 winners were Supertunia Vista Bubblegum for an annual plant, Indial Pink for a perennial plant, Little Volcano and Gibraltar for a shrub, and the Japanese Zelkova for trees.
Do you want to attract wildlife to your backyard? The NALP suggests trying these plants to enjoy seeing more birds, butterflies, and deer in your backyard. Bring more birds to your backyard by adding bird baths and bird feeders near trees with long branches. Butterflies love the sun, plant colorful flowers in reds, purples, and pinks to entice butterflies to your backyard. Do you have an open backyard and enjoy watching deer? Place a deer feeder along with petunias, sunflowers, impatients, and berry producing shrubs to attract deer to the yard.