Proper watering is vital – here’s what you need to know

Proper watering is vital – here’s what you need to know

Proper watering is the most important thing you can do for your lawn.

How much?

Lawns need approximately 1” of water per week in the spring and fall, and 1 ½” to 2” in the hottest part of the summer. This will vary depending on the type of soil and the weather. Watering 1” is the same amount of water we get from a 1” rainfall. It’s good to know how long it takes your sprinklers to put on ½” or 1” of water. You can do this my measuring the water from the sprinklers with small rain gauges placed in various parts of the lawn. Tuna fish cans make a nice, inexpensive gauge.

How often?

Normally it is best to water thoroughly and less frequently. Watering the lawn well once or twice a week is better than light waterings every day. This will encourage deeper roots and stronger grass. Two to three times per week will probably be necessary in hot weather.

What time of day?

Morning (4 a.m. to noon) is the best time to water. This allows the grass blades and crowns to dry off before the cooler temperatures of the evening and night. This helps to avoid diseases that thrive under cool, damp conditions. Morning watering is especially important in spring and fall.

Which sprinkler is best?

The best sprinkler is one that waters the lawn evenly and uniformly.

Have questions? Contact us (308) 532-6100.