Thursday, July 10, 2014
Summer is in full swing! We've had some pretty toasty days in our area over the past few weeks and as the dog days of summer approach, it's only going to get hotter and humid. As the temperatures rise, so does the need to keep your lawn well watered. But, instead of just sticking a sprinkler in the middle of your yard and hoping for the best, here's some tips on the right way to water your lawn.
1. Water Your Grass Only When It Needs It
If you don't water your lawn correctly, you could run the risk of under or overwatering your lawn, which could contribute to the development of fungus and disease. Some types of grass require more water than others, and environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and wind can dramatically affect how frequently you need to water your lawn. Fortunately, the most accurate way to determine whether your lawn needs water is also the easiest: just look at the grass:
·When grass needs water, it will begin to take on a blue-gray tint, and the older leaf blades on the plant will begin to curl up or wilt. When 30 to 50% of your lawn shows these symptoms, it's time to water.
·Footprints will remain on the grass for longer than usual, as the grass won't "bounce back."
2. Know When To Water
The time of day that you water is just as important as how much you water. Early in the morning is the ideal time to water for most lawns. There's less wind, less hot sun, and your lawn has a full day to dry. Watering at night invites mildew and fungus. In the hot afternoon, much of your water can be lost to wind and evaporation.
3. Water Evenly
Sprinklers are finicky. They don't always put water down equally. To make sure water is going where it's supposed to, place a few empty soup cans around your lawn, and run your sprinkler for about 20 minutes. If water collects evenly in the cans, you know your sprinkler is doing its job.
4. How Long Is Long Enough?
Your lawn needs about 1-2 inches of water per week. Each time you water, you should aim for the water to absorb about 6 inches into the dirt to make sure that the roots of the grass are well hydrated. How long that will take depends on the slope of your yard, weather conditions, and various other factors. The best way to tell is to water your lawn for about 20-30 minutes. After that time, turn off the water and stick an 8-inch screwdriver into the ground. If it goes in easily, you're done. If not, you need to water some more.
5. Know When to Stop Watering
You can water carefully and properly, but if the water isn't absorbed, your efforts are wasted. Watch out for water running off the grass and into your driveway or street. If that happens, turn off the sprinklers and let your lawn absorb the water for about 20-30 minutes before turning back on again. And this goes without saying, but aim your sprinklers to water just the lawn. That's the part that needs the moisture—not the sidewalk or street! Slight adjustments to your sprinklers can save a lot of water. Ideally, you shouldn't water your sidewalk, patio, street, or driveway at all.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Our newest model home is now officially open in The Reserve at Bryant Oak in Lexington. The Albany model home, located at 1702 Amethyst Way, is available to tour on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm-5:00pm, or anytime by appointment.
The Albany is a a spacious two story plan in the Villas collection that makes great use of available square footage and introduces new features such as a two story covered patio/deck. A two story foyer creates an open entry, and the very open layout of the family room, kitchen, and breakfast area create a large shared living space. The family room adjoins the covered patio, and the first floor study or optional fifth bedroom is located at the rear of the home. The upstairs master suite is accessed by double doors, and includes a tray ceiling in the bedroom, a private sitting room, private access to a spacious covered deck, a room-sized closet, and luxury bath with corner whirlpool, separate shower, his-and-hers vanities, and enclosed commode area. A spacious upstairs hall opens to three more bedrooms, two of which share a bath, and to the home's third full bath, utility room, and second linen closet.
For more information on the Albany floor plan, visit the new model home on the weekends, or contact a Ball Homes Specialist to schedule a private tour.
You'll also be able to view this model in the 2014 Grand Tour of Homes, July 19-20, 26-27, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Lexington.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Everyone here at Ball Homes wishes you and your family a happy and safe July 4th holiday!
Our offices and model homes in Lexington and Knoxville will be closed on Friday, July 4th for the holiday. They will resume normal business hours through the weekend, with the exception of the Hampson Place model in Knoxville, which will be closed through the weekend.