Water is life – not one living thing can survive without it. This means that your lawn, being that it is a plant, needs water – not only to survive but to thrive. A lush, green lawn is the desire of most homeowners, and it’s no secret that in order to achieve that goal, the lawn needs to be watered. While watering your grass might seem like a pretty simple and straightforward task, it’s actually more complicated than you might think.
If you don’t water your lawn enough, then it will become parched and dry out. If you water your lawn too much, then you can drown it. The delicate balance lies somewhere in the middle. You want to water your lawn just enough to encourage both leaf and root growth, but not too much that it’s over-saturated.
How Often Should You Water Your Lawn?
So the question remains: How often should you water your lawn? Read on for some helpful information that you can use to properly water your lawn and achieve a gorgeous landscape.
The Best Time of Day to Water Your Lawn
The earlier you water your lawn, the better. Ideally, the job should be done before 10am, and the perfect time is between 4am and 6am. Why so early? Well, because this is usually the coolest time of the day and the sun hasn’t risen yet. As such, the water won’t evaporate right away and it will have more time to work its magic and seep into the grass root systems.
Of course, that’s super early, so if you aren’t an early riser, consider investing in an automatic sprinkler system or at least connect your hose sprinklers to a timer and set the watering schedule.
A lot of people think that watering at dusk is a good time because the sun is just about to go to bed and evaporation won’t be as much of a problem. While that is true, if your grass is moisture-laden overnight, it can actually become susceptible to disease.
How Long Should You Water The Lawn?
The amount of times per week and the length of time you should water your lawn depends on the grass type and soil. For example, cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses do not have the same water requirements.
Typically speaking, when it’s really hot, you should try to give your lawn a good soaking at least two or three times a week. What about the amount of water? For most types of grass, about one to one and a half inches of water a week is ideal. To determine how much water your grass needs, check the soil. The top six to eight inches should be moist but not soggy.
Watering deeply but less frequently is actually better than daily, shallow watering, as it will allow the roots to grow stronger. This means your lawn will be able to better withstand periods of drought. If you water daily but not deeply, the roots will be shallow, and the grass won’t be able to tolerate dry periods.
How Do You Know When It’s Time to Water Your Lawn?
If your grass has gone from a vibrant, deep shade of green to a duller green or appears brown, that’s a surefire sign it needs to be watered. Grass will go dormant when it’s dried out, and when that happens, the color will fade and it can even wilt.
Maintain a Green, Lush Lawn
A properly watered lawn makes for a lush landscape. Follow the above-mentioned tips and your landscape will be the envy of the neighborhood.
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