Lawn watering requires some finesse. Too little water can cause your yard to go dormant. And too much moisture can cause fungus and a shallow root system. Here’s how to simplify the process to hit that irrigation sweet spot.
Beat the heat. The perfect time to shower the yard is early in the morning. It won’t be as warm, which means water won’t evaporate as easily. Plus, the calmer morning winds won’t whip around the droplets.
- Use your feet. If you step on your lawn and your footprint disappears quickly, there’s no need to bathe it. If your grass needs a good soak, you’ll still be able to see your print more than a half hour later. Thirsty yards may also have a blue-grey hue to them.
- Two inches will do it. You don’t want to water more than twice a week. An inch of water per week will let the water soak down deep enough to stimulate the root system. It may take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes of watering to collect that inch per week.
Choose the right sprinkler. Finding the right sprinkler for your grass is like finding the right type of jelly to put in a PB&J. Pulsating sprinklers work well for mature grass roots. For new lawns, oscillating sprinklers will help the new grass take hold.
- Or, consider a built-in sprinkler system. In-ground irrigation systems are the most efficient. They can also save you money on your water bill by directing water flow exactly when and where it’s most needed.
- Get a timer. We’re all human. We forget things. That’s why a timer can be invaluable to your yard’s health. Just set it, leave it and it’ll shut off the water for you. Couldn’t be easier. While in-ground systems come with timers, you’ll also want to choose one with an automatic rain sensor to avoid doubling down on irrigation.
Lawn watering requirements can also depend on the season and your specific soil type. Installing resilient and drought-resistant turf can help your yard withstand water fluctuations. That way you don’t have to worry if you sometimes forget to turn on your watering system.