Achieving a lush lawn that stays vibrant all season long comes down to a few things. Topping that list, arguably, is watering. Knowing when to water and how much water your lawn needs is crucial to making sure your grass remains healthy.
1. The Best Time to Water Your Lawn
The earlier the better. When it comes to watering timing is everything. An early morning watering session is the prime time to make sure adequate amounts of water are being absorbed and there is no waste or excessive evaporation. In the afternoon we usually see higher temperatures which could cause the water to be evaporated quickly. There is also potentially more wind making it more difficult for water to be absorbed into the soil, due to it being blown around. Night time waters, albeit more convenient, do not allow for ample amount of drying time, which could lend itself to an overgrowth of bacteria and fungus.
2. How Much Water Your Lawn Needs
Typical lawns needs between 1-1.5 inches of water a week to remain healthy. This is provided by either mother nature or manual watering. A lot of homeowners are guilty of turning the sprinklers on and walking away. Overwatering can be detrimental to proper lawn care. Too much water will cause excessive runoff which is both wasteful to the environment and your pocket book. A good practice is to start watering and checking your soil to see how much has been reached. 6-8 inches is all that is required as grass roots don’t extend past that point.
3. Investing in Your Lawn
With the influx of new technology, smart irrigation systems are available to the general public. These systems take the guesswork out of when and how much to be watering your property. Settings are predetermined and the system takes care of the rest. Benefits outside of increasing your property value are that even when you are away, or unavailable your lawn is being cared for. Gone are the days of roping family or neighbours into taking care of things while away. Some systems even offer corresponding apps that can keep home owners updated from afar.
Though seemingly simple, watering your lawn requires some preplanning. In an increasingly busy society, letting an irrigation system handle your water needs doesn’t only make the system smart, it is also makes the consumer.