Maintaining a lush lawn doesn’t mean paying a fortune for a lawn service to douse your grass with chemicals, instead, use this smart lawn care tip on maintaining healthy green grass by watering wisely and providing the most important, fundamental requirement of your lawn—the right amount of water.
Your Lawn Will Signal to You When it Needs Water
Watering is the most essential ingredient at every stage of a lawn’s growth. These are the signs that your lawn needs watering:
- Footprint signs. Walk around on your lawn and check the effect of your footprints. If your footprints remain or disappear slowly, the lawn needs watering.
- Indicator spots. There are parts of your lawn that dry out more quickly than others, such as on slopes or areas that are never shaded. These spots first turn a bluish green and then start to yellow. Hurry, hurry! Turn on the sprinklers.
- High temperatures and windy conditions. The presence of these two factors can make your lawn lose water more quickly than it can be absorbed, and you will need to water more frequently.
Smart Watering is Crucial
The aim of watering is to wet the root zone area, but not to saturate it. Newly seeded lawns and young grass requires just a light sprinkling (which means a fine spray) of water two or three times a day, but an established lawn needs to receive about one inch of water a week. If the lawn is sloped and the water runs off quickly, you will need one-and-half inches a week in those areas.
Rather than worry about over watering—which can also be a problem— you can use rain gauges or cups to measure the existing moisture on the lawn. Overwatering not only wastes a precious resource, it also weakens the root growth.
The best time to water is early in the morning, and watering three times a week is a good rule of thumb. Give your lawn 3/8 inches of water at each sprinkling, and increase that amount to a half inch of water if it is particularly hot and windy. Calculate how long it take to deliver that amount – roughly three to four hours – and use a timer on your spigot to save you from having to watch the clock. Spigots are a type of timer sold in garden centers.
Avoid sprinkling in the afternoon during the heat of the day as it will cause the water to evaporate from four to eight times faster and your lawn will lose too much of the sprinkling benefit.
If you water at night, there is no problems with evaporation, but wet grass encourages the growth of lawn fungus, which is a problem you don’t want.
Despite adverse weather conditions, you can still grow a beautiful green lawn and do so without wasting water. Because we humans are thirsty and drink more fluids in the summer months, we have a tendency to overwater our lawns. Set yourself a watering schedule you can manage, and your efforts in summer lawn care will produce a lush lawn growth that will make you proud.
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