With summer months well under way, keeping your lawn hydrated is a primary concern. It’s no secret that watering your lawn is essential to healthy growth, but how and when you water your grass can make a big difference in how well your lawn fares this year.
Balance the Right Amount of Water
When watering your lawn, there’s a careful level of water that produces the best results. Watering too frequently can lead to fungus and other issues, large amounts of water can wash away the topsoil and fertilizer. On the other hand, only providing enough water to reach the shallow levels of soil can cause grass to develop shallow roots that can be easily pulled up. The amount of water needed to achieve an optimal lawn varies depending on the type of soil in your yard and climate of your region, so you may need to do a bit of testing to determine the perfect level.
Water in the Morning
The early morning is the best time to water your lawn, with peak hours between 4 a.m. and 9 .a.m. This will keep winds from scattering the drops and evaporation from significantly reducing the amount of water reaching the ground. If a day is particularly hot or windy, you might be better off just waiting until the next morning.
Put Rainwater to Work
Running your sprinklers during the rain is wasteful, so install a sensor on your timed sprinkler to prevent this. Attentively using your sprinkler to augment rainfall or prepare dry ground to absorb incoming rain can be a smart way to keep your lawn in optimal shape.
Installing a rain barrel will collect water from your home’s gutters and store it to be used on your lawn later. This can reduce runoff that washes chemicals, soil, and fertilizer from your lawn. Plus, you can save money on your water bill by just using the free water harvested from the rain.
Maintaining a healthy, growing lawn is easier and more successful when you water your grass efficiently and effectively.