Developing and sticking to proper watering habits is paramount to keeping the yard healthy. Develop a watering schedule and always look for signs of over-watering prior to watering the yard.
Irrigation systems have yet to take certain factors - such as wind speed, soil moisture, humidity, and the type of lawn you have – into consideration so there is no guarantee that overwatering will be prevented even if an irrigation system is in place. Be proactive in terms of your watering habits and do not depend on your irrigation system completely.
If you have an irrigation system, set the watering early in the morning just before the sun comes up. Lawns need at least an inch of water a week. During the summer season, the lawn will need 1 to 1½ inches of water a week.
Do not leave the sprinklers on for long stretches of time. Modern sprinkler systems could detect soil dryness and will only release water when the lawn needs it.
We recommend watering your lawn early in the morning so the sun could absorb the excess water as the day progresses. Do not water your lawn when the sun is high because capillary pressure may inhibit absorption. Avoid watering the lawn at night unless it’s dry and/or windy because the excess moisture could promote the spread of fungal diseases.
Water your lawn deeply but infrequently. Infrequent watering is better for the lawn than over-watering. As long as the lawn is well established, the yard won’t suffer much if left under-watered. Established lawns tend to go dormant at certain seasons and they start thriving again once the rains come. When you do water the lawn, be sure that the water is reaching the sub-layers of the ground. This will encourage deep root growth.
Do not water the lawn unless you are seeing subtle signs that the grass needs more water. But don’t wait until the grass has wilted before doing something about it. Depending on the weather, water every three to ten days.
Being proactive in your lawn watering tasks is not only good for your lawn, it’s also good for the environment. To get the latest gardening tips and helpful resources, subscribe to our weekly newsletter right now!