Humm, the William Morris golf course registered 2.38" in the past week. I don't think we has as much rain in our hood as they received out at the golf course. My gauge registered 1/2" which is just about what we needed this week to sustain the lawn and plants. I've seen some lawns shoot up new growth around town so some places definitely had some good rainfall.
Based on your rain gauge reading and the 20-50% chance of rain this weekend, you may choose to SKIP watering this week. Skipping irrigation when unnecessary, not only saves potable water, it also allows the natural bacteria, fungi, and biological processes to take over after a good "feeding" from natural RAINFALL.
Wonder why the grass responds so well to RAINFALL and just limps along on CHLORINATED CITY WATER?
RAINFALL contains Nitric acid ( aka fixed nitrogen ) and some dissolved oxygen which can "aerate" the soil and feed bacteria.
CITY WATER contains, chlorine which can kill bacteria and fluoride. Now you know why grass never gets cavities.
The best water for plants and lawn in order of BEST to WORST.
LAKEWATER ( untreated, lots of dissolved nitorgen great for plants )
RECLAIMED WATER ( limited access in Austin, typically commercial sites and golf courses.)
RAIN WATER ( harvested in barrels, use within 1 week or it will become oxygen deprived.)
WELL WATER ( may contain high mineral content, sulfur,etc. )
POTABLE CITY WATER ( chlorine, fluoride, etc )
I dumped all my rain barrels in anticipation of a good rain this weekend. Best place to store your excess water is in the soil profile. Free up that barrel space for the next rain and "pre-charge" the soil before the next rain and don't let that water go anaerobic.
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