The ultimate backdrop to your summer parties is a killer lawn. You want to see a lush, green, thriving patch of grass out your window. We all know that watering your lawn is one of the keys to having a great yard. But do you know how you should water?
We have demystified the age old art of giving your lawn a cool drink. Keep reading to learn how you should and shouldn’t be saturating your yard this summer.
For starters, why do you even need to water? The answer is that your grass will form shallow and unhealthy roots if not given ample water. The soil will become hard and make growing difficult. It’s important to give your lawn ample water during the summer months when temps rise. You’ll quickly start to see brown patches form and your turf will start to whither without proper hydration.
If your area experiences regular rainfall or is going through a rainy season, you won’t need to water as often, if at all. Overwatering can cause your grass to fail just as much as under-watering. It’s important to know the right balance. A rain gauge is a great way to monitor the amount of water your grass receives. If you’re receiving less than 3 inches of rain in a week, you need to consider manual methods to give your grass a drink.
One of the biggest questions is, “what time should I water?” Lots of people believe it should be done at night. This simply isn’t true. Overnight, when the sun isn’t assisting in properly evaporating the water, your lawn can experience problems from watering. The hottest part of the day is another time that you should avoid. The hot sun quickly evaporates the water before it can be absorbed and makes it less effective. You should aim to water during the morning hours, preferably before 10:00 AM for optimal results.
While professionally installed sprinklers are a great way to relieve some of the stress of watering, these should still be monitored. Collect the water from your sprinkler system periodically. This way you can measure to ensure your yard is receiving the optimal amount. You shouldn’t rely on automated sprinkler schedules, especially during rainy periods. Keep an eye on the weather. You may find that you can save some on your water bill (and the health of your lawn) if you curtail spraying the lawn during the wettest days.
You can purchase moving sprinklers if you don’t own a professionally installed system. These are a great way to spray large areas with ease. All you need is 15-20 minutes in each zone to ensure everything gets what it needs. A hose with a spray nozzle is also an option. It isn’t necessary to spend a lot of money on gadgets to have a well-watered yard. Just watch to ensure you are watering the whole yard evenly.
Listen to your lawn. If the soil is looking dry or the grass isn’t thriving, adapt your watering routine to accommodate it. Keep an eye on areas that get lots or little sun exposure, hilly areas, or areas that receive a lot of runoff water.
Working with your lawn and the local forecast, you can have a lawn that thrives throughout the warm months. All that’s left to do is enjoy the summer in your lush and beautiful yard!
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