Watering the lawn is a time consuming task for many homeowners. Often, we are faced with the decision of whether we should water our lawn or less. Before making a final decision, there are things to consider, these are crucial for being the first house in the neighborhood to have the best lawn each spring.
What type of lawn do you have? There are two basic types: drought-resistant and disease-resistant. If your lawn is disease-resistant, it means that it can withstand some drought conditions. Lawns composed of high-sulphur soils, such as those in the southern U.S., can be weakened by drought. Lawns composed of sandy or gravely soil do not need as much watering and can withstand some drought conditions. It is important to be knowledgeable of the type of soil your lawn is growing on.
What type of grass is growing in your lawn? Cool-season grasses can survive great drought longer than other types. These grasses include ryegrass, fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and bentgrasses. Warm season grasses have to be protected from extreme heat. These grasses include St. Augustine, Bermuda, and bermuda.
Time of Day
The time of year that you are watering your lawn determines how efficiently you are using water. If you are watering your lawn in the heat of the day, such as in the middle of the day when it is dark, you are likely to be wasting water. Rather, you want to water your lawn at night or at the coolest part of the day.
Best Watering Tips for Green Lawns
The frequency of watering your lawn is very important. Most say twice per week but we aim for at least four times per week, depending on temperatures and grass types.
Once you have given your lawn everything that you can, it is important to maintain it so that it keeps looking its best. Make sure to keep the blades sharp to ensure a clean cut. Combine this with watering in late evening on the day before you cut the lawn. This will allow the soil to absorb the water all night and by late morning your lawn will be dry enough to mow.
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