What is a water monitor? - Knowledgebase Question

Wildomar, CA (Zone 8B)
Question by dlbmft
March 15, 2008
I just read the article on

Answer from NGA
March 15, 2008


The wording does sound confusing, doesn't it? I think the best approach is to monitor the amount of rainfall and water from the sprinkler your garden gets by setting a rain gauge in your yard, and/or checking the weather page in your local newspaper. In most areas of California, a weekly rain total is reported, along with a suggestion as to how much water your lawn will need that day or that week. If you don't have a rain gauge, you can use an empty cat food or tuna fish can. Set it in an open site in your garden or on your lawn and check it on a weekly basis. The goal is to collect one inch of water in the gauge or can each week, whether through rainfall or through sprinkler action. Lawns benefit from infrequent, deep soakings. In the summertime, you may need to water every 3 days; in the off-season, maybe only once a week. Hope this information clarifies things for you.

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