Water Right

There are two expressions I use from time to time; Water Smart & Water Right.  My last blog post was about watering smart, so I’d better explain "Water Right."  My wife was proof reading an article where I used the expression "Water Right," she crossed out "right" and changed it to "correctly."  She teaches English at a university, she should know and she is right, she is always right or should I say, she is correct.  I told her I like the word right, it sounds better and rolls off your tongue easier.  
So how does someone water right?  (Or should I say, correctly?)  If you have read anything else I have written, then you know the answer.  Plant roots need air and water.  Too many times people over water and starve plants of the air they need.  Plus they are wasting water.  The horticulturists have been telling us to water deep and less frequent.  So watering right means the right amount and at the right time.  I love my wife, but when she sees the top of the ground get dry, she is convinced it is time to water.  I beg her, trust the roots.  The water is there and the plants are fine.  So watering right means we need to wait until water from the last time we watered has evaporated.
What is the right amount of water?  That's tricky, if the answer to that question was easy, everyone would be doing it. Remember, the soil is a reservoir, and the capacity of the reservoir is directly related to soil type and root depth. If your soil can hold an inch of water, then let half of that evaporate and water again.  Irrigating a half an inch on the lawn is a good target; in the heat of the summer that may mean you water every other day.  But not always, smart water control keeps tack of how much water evaporates and how much water the sprinklers put down.  When it gets cool and cloudy, smart controllers wait to water.  Then, when it gets hot and dry they water more often.
So watering right is the right amount of water at the right time.  Get some help, find a trusted contractor who knows this stuff, they can help you get it right.  You will save money, conserve water while keeping your landscape looking great.