Watering your Lawn the Right Way
Proper irrigation is essential for a green, healthy lawn. However, you might be surprised that watering your lawn the right way actually takes less water and requires less time than watering it the wrong way.
It’s true that grass can survive several dry weeks without going dormant, but if you want your lawn to look green and healthy, proper watering is a must.
Tips on Watering a Lawn the Right Way
- You can usually tell when your lawn is thirsty because it develops a dull, gray-green color. Also, your footprints won’t disappear quickly because dry grass is unable to spring back.
- Lawns don’t require a lot of water. As a general rule, 2.5 to 3 cm per week, divided into two waterings, is plenty. However, you may need to increase that amount slightly during hot, dry weather.
- How to tell how much water you’re applying? Place a few tuna or cat food cats in different spots under the sprinkler, then check often to determine how long it takes the water level in the cans to reach the desired level.
- Don’t be tempted to water every day, even when it’s hot. You may think you’re helping, but you’re actually creating shallow, weak roots that are more prone to pests and disease, and more likely to be inundated by weeds.
- The best time to water your lawn is early morning when the wind is calm and the air is cool. The worst time is evening because a lawn that stays wet all night is more likely to be affected by various fungal diseases.
- Don’t stop watering your lawn when the temperature begins to drop in autumn. Dry, stressed grass is more likely to suffer during winter cold.