How much watering is too much? How much is too little? And what is just right? Yes, water is essential for plants and grass to grow but the amount of water used and the way can be just as important. Supplying too much water can actually harm your lawn, while too little makes it less able to withstand hot weather.
Read on to learn the tips and tricks to perfect lawn watering.
- Grass typically does not need frequent lawn watering. Rain water is usually sufficient. Supplement only during periods of drought or when grass is newly planted. Not sure if you lawn needs it? If the lawn has turned a dull green color and you can see footprints when you walk through, it is time to supplement.
- If using sprinklers, apply about ½ inch of water twice per week. Use a rain gauge to measure the amount of the water your sprinklers are dispersing.
- The time of day you water matters. Avoid watering during the hottest times of the day – from 11 AM – 3 PM. Rather water between the early morning hours of 6 AM – 10 AM. If that time doesn’t work, supplement during the evening hours of 4 PM – 7 PM. Although the dampness of night can spur fungus and mildew growth, it is more ideal than mid-day.
- Some areas of your lawn may need watering by hand. Two common spots are unshaded areas and ones that are on a south-facing slope. Give these patches special attention to keep them strong.
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