How Often Should You Water Your Lawn?
We all want our lawn to be green and healthy, but sometimes it needs a little help. This is especially true now that summer has arrived, and the hot sun takes its toll on your grass. Some extra water may be necessary, but how much and how often? Here's what you need to know about watering your lawn so you have the greenest grass on the block.
- Pro Tip: Keep in mind that not all lawns are the same, and watering needs may vary depending on your climate. Grass type, soil type and the amount of shade your lawn gets are also factors.
When to Water Your Lawn
The best time to water your lawn is in the morning. Try to get your lawn watered as early as possible – ideally before 10 am – so that the grass will be dry before nightfall. Leaving your lawn wet at night can lead to disease and fungus problems if you do it on a regular basis, so avoid watering in the evening. It's also best to avoid watering in midday because much of the water will be lost to evaporation before your grass gets a chance to use it. If you're not able to water your lawn in the morning, then watering any other time is better than not watering at all.
- Pro Tip: Your lawn will usually let you know when it needs water. If you notice the color of the grass becoming duller, that's a sure sign. Also, if you walk on your lawn and your grass doesn't spring back after you lift your foot, it's because the blades don't have enough moisture.
How Much to Water Your Lawn
The average lawn needs 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. The amount of time spent watering depends on your sprinkler system. To test it out, you can place a plastic container under your irrigation and set a timer to see how long it takes to reach 1 inch. It typically takes an hour to get 1 inch of water, so watering your lawn three times a week for 20 minutes is a good general guideline. You want to keep the soil moist to a depth of 6 inches, which you can test by sticking a 6-inch screwdriver into the soil and seeing if you can push it down all the way to the handle.
- Pro Tip: Make sure the water you give your lawn is soaking in. If you see water running down the street, turn off your sprinklers to give the water a chance to soak into the soil, and then resume watering. This may happen if you haven't watered your lawn for a long time, causing the soil to dry out to the point that it has a hard time absorbing water.
How Often to Water Your Lawn
It's better to water your lawn deeply a few times a week than to give it a little bit every day. Daily watering often leads to a shallow root system, which can weaken the grass and cause it to dry out faster. Giving your lawn a little bit of water at a time also leads to more water being lost to evaporation. During the warmer months, the average lawn should be watered three times per week, and you can probably reduce watering to twice a week during other parts of the year.
- Pro Tip: It's best not to mow your lawn when it's wet, so avoid mowing on the same day you water. Give your grass at least 24 hours to dry out before you mow.
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