Proper watering is essential in achieving a beautiful and healthy lawn. How much and how often you water will depend on the weather and environmental conditions such as shade and soil type.
To keep things simple, a general rule of thumb is to water everyday for 20 minutes. Watering is most beneficial in the early morning hours. If you are on a watering restriction, then follow the allowed schedule and water every other day.
If your soil is sandy, has high exposure to the sun, and/or daily temperatures are higher than normal, you may need to water the lawn for five minutes in the afternoon. Much of this water will evaporate – but that’s ok! Evaporation cools the soil and will help reduce the impact of heat stress.
If there is sufficient rain, or if water begins to pool and cause puddles, you may wish to cut back on watering time. Brown spots may appear in the lawn at some point during the summer. These spots are typically related to drought or heat stress, but if watering seems to make the problem worse, it may be a disease problem! This is common, so please call us for an expert diagnosis!
Finally, and perhaps the most important rule of all… do not water after 7pm! Watering at this time does not give the grass time to dry and pretty much ensures that the grass will remain wet for 14 hours or longer. This prolonged moisture increases the chances of summer lawn diseases.
Please call us if you are still unsure of the best watering schedule for your lawn. Green Thumb Lawn Care’s technicians are more than happy to tailor a watering regiment that will best suit your lawn’s needs!