Lawn Watering Done Right

You may be scratching your head.  Is there really a right way and a wrong way to water your lawn?  Definitely!  Lawn watering practices are one of the easiest ways to ensure that your turf is happy and healthy, stress-free and unbothered by pests and insects.  Save yourself a lot of time and money by properly caring for your lawn from day one.

Water a Lawn Deeply and Infrequently

This is the number one rule of lawn watering.  Deep watering (about one inch of water, one or two times a week) is much better for your plants than shallow, frequent watering.  Frequent watering leads to shallow roots, which will impact the ability of your lawn to survive drought conditions.  If you do not know how much you water your lawn, try this:  Put out several straight-sided containers around your lawn.  Measure the amount of time it takes to accumulate one inch of water.  If any of the containers have different amounts, you may need to calibrate your irrigation system or adjust where you place your sprinkler so that all areas of the lawn get the same amount of water.

Should you use a Watering Schedule for your Lawn?

You can use a watering schedule of sorts, but you will need to change it as the seasons and weather conditions change.  Grass does not need the same amount of water when it is growing as it does when it is dormant.  Obviously, if it rains several inches in one week, you will not need to provide the lawn with supplemental water.  If it just sprinkles a little bit, the lawn will still need extra water.  The amount of water needed also depends upon the species of grass that makes up your lawn and the type of soil beneath the turf.  Sandy soils will drain faster that soils with a high clay content, and may need to be watered more frequently.  The most important part of healthy lawn care is monitoring the weather conditions and growth patterns of your lawn and adjusting the water accordingly.

More is Not Better with Lawn Watering

There are a couple of reasons why more is not better when it comes to watering your lawn.  While water is essential for plant health and growth, too much can lead to rapid and weak growth.  Watering too much is a waste because once the soil is saturated, excess water will drain off into the ground water system.  If a soil remains saturated, lawns can suffer from lack of oxygen, which is equally as bad as suffering from drought. Overwatering is wasteful and expensive.  To avoid wasting water and spreading diseases, water in the morning while the air is coolest, and while the grass blades have a chance to dry during the day.  Watch your irrigation system to ensure that you are not watering the driveway, house or sidewalks.  Also, you should not water your flower beds at the same time that you water your turf, as turf and flowers have different water requirements.  If you consider your watering setup a “one irrigation head fits all” system, neither your lawn or your flowers will be happy. Proper lawn watering technique ends with one outcome:  a healthy, lush, green lawn.
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