Though it would be nice to rely on Mother Nature to keep your yard irrigated, that is just not the case anymore. To ensure a healthy and green lawn this summer and beyond, consider these five watering tips.
Keep it green
Watering your lawn keeps it green and lush, but it's not as simple as hooking up the hose and sprinkler and turning the water on. There are best practices for watering lawns that include timing, frequency and tools, and how to determine when your lawn needs watering.
The short answer is: "Water the lawn when it's needed." Easy enough, but there are still some things to consider.
Most lawns need approximately one inch of water per week. That water can come from rain showers or from your sprinkler. A rain gauge is one way you can measure how much precipitation you've had. If you don't want to spend the money on one, a can works just as well.
Another way to determine if your lawn needs to be watered is to walk across it. If you leave footprints, it probably needs to be watered.
Don't water every day
It sounds like a good idea, but watering the lawn every day is not good. Soak it once or twice a week. This allows the roots to grow deeper, and your lawn will be more drought tolerant.
Watering your lawn at the "best" time of day means getting up early, unless you have a sprinkler system on a timer. The coolest time of day occurs between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m., and this is the best time to water.
If you water around noon you may scald your lawn due to heat and sun. Watering at night means your lawn will stay wet longer than it should, which could promote certain lawn diseases.
Your lawn height should be between two-and-a-half and three inches tall. This height provides shade for the roots and soil, which, in turn, reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation.
Aim your sprinkler
It's not going to do your lawn any good if your sprinkler is aimed at the driveway or sidewalk. You can easily adjust your sprinkler to water a certain area, and doing so will keep your lawn fresh and green. If you have a problem area on your lawn, it might be best to water that by hand to make sure it gets the moisture it needs.
Maintaining a watering schedule and paying attention to your lawn's needs will help keep it green and healthy throughout the spring, summer and fall.