Quick Lawn Watering Tips for Success
The weather in the middle of the summer can become hot and dry for long spells and it is necessary to take proper precautions to ensure your lawn stays healthy. Like most things, your lawn needs a little TLC to keep it looking fresh and green. The following lawn watering tips will help promote a healthy and vigorous lawn you can enjoy all summer long.
Before you water the lawn:
1.) Prepping the lawn mower:
Setting lawn mower blades to their highest setting will keep grass tall. Sharpen lawn mower blades to help reduce grass stress and speed recovery/regrowth.
2.) Mowing the lawn:
Let the grass grow taller. Keep your grass no shorter than 3 inches, and never remove more than 1/3 of the blade at a time. The longer grass shades the soil and helps reduce water loss. If the grass is too short, it allows the sun to dry out the soil and permanently kill the roots.
3.) Select the mulching option
Leave lawn clippings in place. This provides coverage to help soil retain moisture for the roots and reduce evaporation. It also adds organic matter to help nourish the lawn over time.
Watering the lawn:
1.) Best time of day to water the lawn:
Try your best to get your watering done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. when it is most efficient. If you water during the day, you will lose half the water to evaporation.
2.) How often to water the lawn
You should give you lawn one long soaking once a week instead of frequent sprinklings. Quickly spraying the lawn might perk it up briefly but most of that moisture is lost to evaporation and can never penetrate deep into the soil to get to the roots.
3.) How much to water the lawn
Your lawn should get about 1 inch of water every week. Install a rain gauge outside so you can work with nature, measuring how much rain your lawn gets.
4.) Listen to your grass
Your grass will tell you if it’s still thirsty. One simple test: If you step on your grass and it springs back, it doesn’t need watering. After a good sprinkler session, your lawn should be upright, signaling its thirst is quenched.
1.) Get the right grass species for your climate:
“Cool season” grasses that can survive northern winters (such as Kentucky bluegrass, rye grass or tall fescue) don’t belong in hot, dry places. People in locations with warmer winters should consider “warm season” grasses that are drought-tolerant, such as Bermuda, Zoysia, or Buffalo Grass. These species are better adapted to high heat and require at least 20% less water than “cool season” grasses. Some types of grass withstand heat by going dormant and others die during summer months. Learn the characteristics of grass species to best fit where you live.
2.) Skip the fertilizer:
Lawns naturally slow their growth in the heat and can’t effectively use the extra nutrients. Fertilizer just adds another layer of stress to the already overburdened lawn. Grass clippings from mulching will provide a source of natural nutrients.
3.) Don’t use weed killer:
Hot weather is also not a good time to spray lawns for weeds. The weeds are being stressed by the heat and don’t take up chemicals effectively.
4.) Follow water restriction rules:
Do not be wasteful with water. Follow your areas rules for when, and how much to water.
Make sure your sprinklers are landing mostly on your lawn. Don’t waste water on your driveway or sidewalks.
When the water runs off the grass, give the sprinklers a 20 minute time out. Allow the soil to absorb the water you’ve already used before watering more.
3.) Don’t forget about the watering can:
Watering cans can be great tools for getting those hard to reach areas like tricky corners and other problem areas.
Don’t forget that your grass is a living thing. It needs water, food and care. Give your lawn the extra boost it needs this summer by following our these helpful watering tips.
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