Water the right way and save money
Water is essential for a great looking lawn. However, too much water can be expensive and costly, and too little will kill your grass. Watering the lawn all night will lead to disease and a high water bill. Light watering causes your grass to grow shallow roots; and problems later, especially in the summer. Here are some great tips to help you save money to have a great looking lawn:
There are times of the year in which we are fortunate that Mother Nature will provide enough rainfall for your grass to grow thick and healthy. However, this is not always the case, especially in the summer months. Newley planted lawns also need more water. A quick water check tip is to look at the grass color. Dull green means water more. Footprints that are left behind on the lawn also indicates more water is needed.
Time of Day to Water:
Make sure that you water deeply into the lawn, and on a somewhat infrequent schedule. Avoid the hottest times of the day, perhaps from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The ideal time would be from about 6:00 AM until about 10: AM. In this period of the day, there is less wind, and the cooler temperature will allow the water to soak in and not evaporate. Watering in the evening from about 5:00 PM until about 8:00 PM is ideal as well. Nighttime watering may lead to disease, so avoid overnights. Check out our watering table to see what is best for you.
The goal is to apply around .5″ if water about two times a week. Wash out a few empty tuna or pet food cans, and set in the sprinkler path in a couple of locations on your lawn. It will take about 20-30 minutes to achieve the .5″ goal. It is also good to compare the water levels in the cans, as it will help you see if your sprinklers are watering where they are supposed to, and evenly. Sometimes a quick service is all that is needed to adjust your sprinklers to optimum performance.
Consider the Use:
If you have kids or pets who are on the lawn often, more water may be needed to help your grass healthy and strong. A lot of foot traffic will tear up dryer grasses, so make sure you are watering enough to keep your lawn in top shape. Also, an event such as a BBQ party may take a toll on your lawn. Plan in advance, and water the morning or evening before the event to allow your grass plenty of time to dry before your guests arrive.
For more tips on when to water your lawn, check out our watering schedule tool by clicking here.