Watering the lawn sounds like a simple enough task. Turn the sprinkler on. Turn the sprinkler off. Right?
Not quite. There’s a lot more that goes into it regarding timing, frequency, and other various factors. Even with timed and automated irrigation systems, there are still a variety of factors that you control and could be potentially doing wrong. In fact, watering incorrectly can have some pretty dire consequences such as wasting water, wasting time, and actually damaging your grass. Here are some general tips to follow for watering your lawn correctly and effectively:
Water between 6:00 and 10:00 A.M.
This is the best time to water your grass because it’s just waking up and the temperature at this time of day is generally the lowest—ideal for minimizing the amount of water lost through evaporation.
Water deeply and infrequently.
Frequent, shallow watering is highly ineffective and encourages shallow root growth. This makes the grass weaker and less established. The best way to ensure that your water is penetrating the root zone is to dig a small hole to look at how far down the roots go. Then, turn your irrigation system on for fifteen minutes. After 24 hours, check again to see how deeply the water penetrated. Then, calculate how long you need to water based on your findings; for example, if your roots are 9 inches deep and 15 minutes seeped the water to 3 inches, you need to water for 45 minutes.
Most grasses only need to be watered once a week.
Don’t water when it rains.
The rain does enough. There’s no need to waterlog your grass; when it rains, skip watering for the week. If your sprinklers are automatically timed, make sure to turn them off when it rains or install a rain sensor. A good practice would be to watch weather predictions and turn off your sprinklers if it’s expected to rain later in the day.
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