We all learned in grade school that for things to grow they need food, water and sunshine for photosynthesis to occur. What they probably didn’t teach you in school was the amount and way that plants and grasses should be watered! Our Lawn Care professionals want you to understand the best practices when it comes to watering your lawn. So here is our back-to-the-basics Lawn Watering 101 tips and suggestions for you to follow.
- How often your lawn needs a drink depends on a host of factors, including things like soil type, sunlight, grass type and regional climate.
- The majority of lawns need around one inch of water each week. Put out containers or rain gauges to collect water to ensure your lawn in getting enough. You’ll find gauges at most lawn and garden centers.
- Water deeply instead of frequently. The best times to water are between 6-10 AM. There’s less wind, less hot sun, and your lawn has a full day to dry. Watering mid-day and the water will evaporate too quickly. Water in the evening and it may invite mildew.
- Allow dormancy if needed. In times of great stress and drought it may be best to allow your lawn to turn brown and go dormant. Grass will bounce back when rainfall and cooler temperatures return in the fall, especially if it was well fed in the spring.
- Research your soil type. If you notice puddling each time you water your soil may have a high clay content. Take a soil test to learn what kind of soil is hosting your grass, and adjust irrigation cycles accordingly.
- Avoid common mistake including: running automatic sprinklers right after or before a rainfall is predicted, watering the street and walkways by mistake, or watering when the sun is blazing and the wind is briskly blowing.