How to help your lawn beat the summer heat (video)

The Mid-Columbia is heating up again as summer enters August and your lawn is probably feeling it.

While the goal is often to water as little as necessary to minimize waste, the region’s recent high temperatures mean grassy spaces need water about twice a week to cope, said Troy Peters, an irrigation specialist with Washington State University Extension.

Ideally, homeowners should put an inch of water on their lawn each time the sprinkler is turned on.

“And that’s a lot, people don’t really realize that,” Peters said.

But it’s not as simple as turning on the spigot for a spell or programming another watering time into your in-ground sprinkler system. The time of day, how windy it is, the soil your property sits on and even the type of sprinkler head you use determines how much water you’ll actually put on your lawn.

“About 30 percent of the water coming out of some nozzles is gone as water vapor before it even hits the ground,” he said.

In the accompanying video at tricityherald.com, Peters offers a few tips to those wanting to keep their lawns as lush as possible through the rest of the summer while wasting as little water as possible at the same time.