5 Tips To Help You Water Your Lawn Like A Pro

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You have a delicate balance when watering a lawn. You have to find the sweet spot between too little water and too much water. The grass will wilt and die with the former, while it becomes oversaturated and dies with the latter. Furthermore, you must understand the seasons and consider your water usage not to drive the water bill up.

1. Understand your Grass Needs

First, you have to have grass suitable to your local climate. Local grasses need less supplemental water as they are in sync with the environment. For example, some cool weather grasses lose more water than their warm-weather counterparts. This is because they have more prominent pores. They cannot thrive in warmer areas, and watering them will be a chore.

2. Water in the Morning

Water your lawn during cooler temperatures, curbing evaporation. With this in mind, water in the morning than in the evening. Watering before 10 a.m. allows the water to seep deeper into the soil while reducing the stress on the grass during the hotter parts of the day. Watering past 12 p.m. can lead to wasteful evaporation, and you will spend more water than you need. Finally, watering at night may lead to turf diseases due to water droplets that cling to the grass. If you must water in the evening, do it between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., as the grass blades will have enough time to dry before nightfall.

3. Water with One Inch of Water

You need to soak the soil up to six inches deep to keep your lawn in pristine condition. One inch of water per week is enough for this, depending on the climate. Water will percolate further in sandy soils than in clay, but one inch of water will still suffice for both. Now, with one inch of water, this includes rainfall water, so do your calculations to avoid overwatering. Use local weather data to track the rainfall or invest in a rain gauge. Next, you need to track the water you provide. Place a few containers on your lawn to measure water from the sprinklers and record how long it takes to supply one inch of water. A more straightforward way to do this would be the screwdriver test. With proper watering, a screwdriver should penetrate to 6 inches with ease. Anything less means you have work to do.

4. Invest in a Timer

All too often, homeowners will let the sprinklers run for longer than is necessary simply because they forgot to turn off the water. The result is a saturated lawn and wasted water. With a timer, you can go on with your business without worrying about turning off the water — the timer screws to your spigot and the hose to the timer. The timer will turn off the water after a preset time. By and large, your lawn gets enough water without you worrying about it.

Water in Shorter Cycles

You have instances where the lawn does not absorb water fast, and it ends up forming puddles. Should this happen, water in shorter cycles of about 10 minutes to let the soil absorb water.

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