Most homeowners want the lushest and greenest lawn on the block. If you want that for your home, you need to know about the best watering procedures for your grass. Grass needs the right amount of water at an optimal time of day. Here are some tips to keep your lawn well-watered throughout the year.
Don’t Waste Any Water
In many communities, there are certain times when you can water the grass. Droughts and other issues can lead to water restrictions in your neighborhood. You might be tempted to break out the hose and water away. However, you need to check with the rules in your town or city. While these limitations are in place, you can still water your lawn for a lush appearance as you don’t waste any water. This is why it is crucial to choose the right times and correct amounts of water for your grass.
Choose the Right Time to Water
The time of day makes the difference for your grass. You will want to water the lawn in the early morning hours. At sunrise, your grass is cool, and that can help with water absorption. If you wait to water during the middle of the day, you could rob your lawn of hydration. When watering at dawn, you will give the water a better chance of reaching the roots.
Water Usage Is Also Important
You may be tempted to set your irrigation system or sprinkler at the highest level, but you need to think again. If you drench the lawn, you can experience water run-off in the yard. All that excess water will rob your lawn of nutrients and water absorption. This process wastes water as well. If you want to avoid that, you need to make sure the water is not running off the grass and down the drain. Streams on the edge of your lawn are signs that you are watering your lawn too fast for the ground to absorb the water.
Watering Schedule for Your Lawn
You should count on watering your lawn with one inch of water per week. If you need to determine the amount of water for your lawn, there is a simple way to measure it. You can place a plastic container in your yard and set your timer. In most cases, it takes 30 minutes to reach a half-inch measurement. For most people, you need to water the lawn three times a week for 20 minutes to get an inch of water for your grass.
This process works best with well-established and healthy soil. Healthy soil offers the best drainage for your grass, and it provides the right water retention at the root zone of the grass. Poor soil often has inadequate drainage, and the ground will become waterlogged and devoid of organic matter. When that happens, the soil will become dry and cause the grass to brown.
Watering on a daily basis is too frequent. Once a week watering is often not enough for your lawn. You want to choose a schedule down the middle for the best results for your yard.
Watering Different Lawn Types
Different lawn varieties will need to be on a specific watering schedule. Many factors like your planting zones, season, and grass types play an essential part in your watering schedule. Once you know your particular lawn type, you can set a schedule to give it the right amount of water throughout the year.
Cool-season grasses, such as fescue, rye, and bluegrass, are active in the fall. They are dormant in the summer. With cooler fall temperatures, the water evaporation is low, but they still need water to maintain their appearance. You should water these grasses with an inch to an inch and a half of water per week. Cool-season grasses need to be watered until the first frost. Since these grasses are fertilized in the fall, it is also important to water after this process. The water washes off the excess fertilizer from the grass blades and back into the soil.
Warm-season grasses include Bermuda grass and zoysia. These varieties thrive in weather that is 80 degrees and above. When the daytime temperatures drop, the growing process will slow down. However, you still need to water them to keep the grass healthy. You want to water these grasses as long as they are growing and require mowing. With warm-season lawns, you never want to fertilize them in the fall. You should wait until spring when the growing season starts up again.
Always Check Your Grass
You want to keep an eye out for problems with your lawn. If you notice any of these issues, you can adjust your watering schedule. For bigger problems, you might want to consult a professional landscaping company, like Charlestown Landscaping.
Your lawn should never look discolored or curl over the top. When that happens, the grass is suffering from a lack of water. Grass blades that don’t bounce back from a footprint are also suffering from dryness. If you notice some dry spots in your lawn, you should think about watering earlier in the day. You might even want to water on a more frequent schedule.
Overwatering is another issue for your grass. If your lawn feels sponge-like and your feet sink into the ground, you might have too much water in the soil. Once again, you need to modify your watering routine. When you change up your watering, you never want to do it abruptly. Any sudden changes can shock your grass and create further damage.
Water is an essential part of maintaining your lawn. With too much or too little water, you can cause harm to your grass. It can take some dedication to get that gorgeous lawn. At Charlestown Landscaping, we can help you have the best-looking lawn in the neighborhood. You don’t have to worry about watering schedules or cutting the grass. We can handle it for you.
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