Vacation season is here! Summer brings fun but it brings heat, humidity, and drought that can stress your lawn. That’s why we’ve created the Ultimate Summer Lawn Watering Guide:
Knowing the type of grass you have helps determine how to properly water it.
Once you’ve identified the type of grass on your lawn, you can determine how often it should be watered. Here are some things to remember when watering your lawn.
Use a tuna can or cat food can to measure how much water your lawn is getting from rain.
Oftentimes, we try to save our lawn from the heat of the summer temperatures by watering more. When in reality, if you’re watering in a consistent cycle for the type of grass you have, it’s likely already getting just the amount of water it needs. So, here are some things to save your lawn from the stress it may have from over and under-watering or avoiding the stress altogether.
Lastly, here are just a few simple reminders when it comes to watering your lawn.
Since you can’t always rely on the surface to know if there’s enough moisture, check the ground itself to ensure it’s penetrating into the roots.
In order to know how much water your lawn needs you need to know what type of grass you have. Generally, a lawn needs about one to one and a half inches of water each week. That could mean watering two or three times a week to avoid excessive runoff. You could also place empty small-opened tuna cans on your lawn during the watering. When the can is filled halfway, that means your lawn has also gotten ½” of water.
It takes time for water to soak in unless you water during the heat of the day. Generally, it can take an hour just for ¼” of water to soak in. So, adjust your watering schedule as needed and water during the best times of the day. Watering during the most-heated time of the day can cause the ground to soak up 20-25% of the water. That means it didn’t get as much water as you thought. Try to water early in the morning if possible. Try to avoid the night altogether.
For those of you who have an irrigation system, this will alleviate having to adjust your system manually if it rains. You don’t have to water the lawn when it rains. So, to avoid having to manually adjust, use a rain sensor to monitor the weather and regulate when your system needs to be on.
While many homeowners feel watering the lawn is all about keeping the lawn watered, it requires more than that. It requires knowing the type of grass you have and understanding what it needs for it to grow. Everyone wants a beautifully crafted lawn, but that’s only possible when properly cared for, and overwatering or underwatering will not get you that perfect lawn.
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