Everyone with a lawn has dreams of a lush, green, and healthy lawn. But this can sometimes be difficult to achieve. No one necessarily tells you what to do and how often to water the lawn is one of the most common questions. Too little water and your lawn can become brittle, turn brown and basically die. Too much water can leave your lawn susceptible to disease.
The water needs to get down to the root zone. If you are watering and it is not reaching the roots, then your efforts are futile.
When should you water?
Ideally you should water in the morning. Watering in the morning helps to prevent evaporation that can occur on a hot day. Also, earlier in the day, anytime between sunrise and 9 a.m., there is likely to be less wind and less sun (heat) that could otherwise lessen the impact of the water.
Does my grass need water?
It is best to water your grass only when it needs it. Here are a couple ways to determine if your grass is in need of water. If your grass needs to be watered, it will appear in a bluish grey color. Additionally, if you walk on the grass, the footprints you leave behind will stay longer than they really should.
You can also try a rain gauge. A rain gauge will tell you how much rain you have received and with this information you can decide whether or not you need to water your lawn that day. You should be able to find a rain gauge at a lawn and garden store or possibly a hardware store.
How much should you water?
You should water between 1” to 2” per week, and you should break it out 2 to 3 days per week rather than every day. Raining too much will weaken the soil around the roots. Raining too often will cause the roots to be shorter, and you need long roots in order to promote healthier growth.
Keeping Your Lawn Healthy All Year
Watering is only one step to a great, green lawn. Call Green Lawn Fertilizing at 888-581-5296 to find out more about our fertilizing and lawn protection options. We’ll show you exactly what it takes to have a lawn that your neighbors will envy.