Many times we see people enjoying the summer sun while they water their lawns midday as their kids and dogs run around them freely. However, watering the lawn during the day isn’t the best option because the water evaporates too quickly and in the evenings, the water can cling to the grass blades overnight, which can cause lawn diseases.
So where does that leave us? The morning is the best time to water the lawn because the air is a bit cooler and there is usually less wind to blow the water droplets.
What time in the morning?
The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning, between 4:00 am and 10 am. If you can’t water before going to work, try watering on the weekend mornings.
How much water?
Try to water long enough to moisten the soil about 6 inches down. Why 6 inches down? This is the depth of a healthy grass root system. Check the soil every 15 minutes during the first time you water so you can see how far the moisture seeps down. Each lawn has different soil so time how long it takes the water to work its way into the ground and water for that duration every time you turn on the hose.
How often should you water?
Water clay soils once a week and sandy soils about every three days. It’s important to remember that you don’t need to water your lawn like you water your landscape plants. Try not to over-water. Many people think that more water is better, but it’s not. Too much water can lead to fungus and a shallow root system, whereas watering fewer times encourages the roots to grow deeper.
Try to water deeply and infrequently so you can have a beautiful lawn all summer long! At Suburban Lawn Sprinkler, we’ve been helping lawns stay healthy and hydrated for over 50 years, so give us a call today at 508-872-2727.
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