You want to keep your lawn looking its best throughout the year, so doesn’t that mean watering it as much as possible? Wrong – too much water is just as harmful as too little water. Keep reading to learn how to properly water your lawn before turning the sprinkler on!
Your lawn needs 1-1 ½ inches of water every week.
You can easily keep track of the amount of water your lawn is getting with a rain gauge. If you accumulate at least 1 inch, then you’re in good shape. If you receive anything less, it means your lawn is thirsty and you need to increase your watering. Also, you don’t need to be watering every day.
It’s actually more beneficial to give your lawn a deep watering between 2 and 3 times a week. This will deepen and strengthen your lawn’s root system. If possible, water your lawn in the early morning as well. This routine will prepare your yard for the hot morning sunlight and ensure that everything dries before nightfall when damp grass could cause fungus or disease.
How long you need to water per day is based on your sprinkler, water pressure and soil.
Analyze the type of soil your yard is composed of before hitting the sprinkler. Some of the most common elements you’ll see in your soil are sand and clay. Soil that contains sand retains less water compared to soil with clay in it. However, clay is slowly penetrated by water and a tell-tale sign that your soil contains clay is frequent puddling when you water.
Almost all efficient irrigation systems usually take an hour to achieve 1 inch. But depending on water pressure of your personal system, it may vary. This is where your trusty rain gauge comes into good use! Set it up and run your sprinkler. Take note of how long it takes to get ½ inch. If it takes 30 minutes, then you know to water your lawn three times a week for 30 minutes.
Everyone’s lawn is unique and that’s why Suburban Lawn Sprinkler Co. designs irrigation systems for your specific property’s needs. Our irrigation systems and yearly maintenance will ensure that your lawn is receiving the right amount of water and stays healthy. Give us a call at 508-872-2727 today to learn more about our various lawn services!