How Should I Water My lawn

How should I water my lawn?

Why does my lawn look a little brown?

Now that the summer heat is here, we have seen some yards start to turn a little brown. This is common as direct sunlight and a lack of rain can cause heat or drought stress.  Proper watering can bring your lawn back to that lush, green, and healthy condition.  Improper watering can cause problems, even leading to issues that damage your lawn.

Why should I water my lawn?

Your lawn needs 1 to 1.5 inches of water weekly.  We rely on rain for this but during the summer we often do not get that much rain, so to keep a lawn healthy we must augment the rain with watering.  You can pick up a rain gauge at any hardware store for a couple of dollars or make one yourself.

What is the best time to water my lawn?

The ideal time to water your lawn is 5 am.  If you do not have an irrigation system this may be impractical, so water as early in the morning as possible.  Watering in the middle of the day will lead to a loss of moisture due to evaporation.  Watering in the evening will leave the lawn wet as it gets dark and temperatures drop, creating ideal conditions for many of our local lawn diseases.

How often and for how long should I water my lawn?

We recommend thedeep and infrequent” watering method. This method simulates rainfall patterns that naturally occur.  Water your lawn every other day, 2-3 times weekly. Water for about an hour for each area (or zone if you have irrigation).  This will allow the water to permeate deeper into the soil which promotes root growth.  Keep in mind your lawn needs 1 to 1.5 inches weekly, again a rain gauge can help you determine how much water your lawn has received each week.

If you need help with your lawn, contact American Landscapes for professional lawn care services.