So you water your lawn every day?
You water it more than your neighbor does?
You take a lot more care than what others do?
Oh, has it reached the extent of cutting down business meetings, for the sake of a lush green lawn?
That was just another referral on his routine call for the solution to the perfect lawn watering system. As a reputed lawn care company that has been working on this field for quite some time now, we usually ask clients a few questions first:-
Does the water reach the roots?
Do you water in the blazing sun? Do you water when it’s raining?
Do you water your lawn or the streets?
How long do you water?
If you believe these questions have made you sit up, then well you are just like some other dummies watering your lawn the vaguest possible way.
Don’t worry; we have the solutions right here for you.
What Are The Points to Remember?
Any lawn requires a weekly water feed – Yes, you heard us right. For the most adequate coverage, every lawn must be watered at least 1”-1 ½” per week, all year round and during winters too. Lawns which get stressed in late autumn or during winter are more likely to get stressed and sustain water damage. How do you measure the amount of water? It’s pretty simple. Just buy and use a rain gauge.
How long should you water – Well, we really don’t know what your water pressure is like and what sort of sprinklers you are using. So, what we can suggest is that you use a tuna can of about one inch and see how long it takes to fill the can. Usually it should be 30 minutes. If that is the case, a 20-minute watering three times a week will be more than enough.
Water deeply, rather than daily – Watering daily enables your grass to grow a shallow root system. These root systems tend to dry out fast tending to weaken your turf. Watering must be done at least 3 times a week to give your grass a stronger drought-resistant deep root system.
Watering must be done early morning – Morning is a pleasant time with fewer chances of evaporation and water drying out before it reaches your grass. Additionally, early morning watering ensures the grass is dry before night and thus there are no chances of fungi or disease problems.
What Is The Best Time for Watering?
If you prefer watering your lawn in the morning, we suggest you do that between 6:00 to 10:00 am. The wind speeds are low and the sunrays are less intense, than what is going to come up in the rest of the day. Watering in the early morning encourages photosynthesis, additionally helping your lawn with a natural boost up.
If you are not a morning person, then sorry you missed the natural boost, but you can still make most of the afternoon. There is though another time slot for you and you can definitely make the most of your lawn watering within 4.00 to 7.00 pm. However, this has to be real cautious watering, as the soil now has no means to dry out on its own. There is no sun to dry out your lawn, which is an open invitation for fungi, mildew and plant diseases to ravage your lawn.
Mistakes to Avoid
Are you one of the homeowners who snore in their beds, leaving their lawn worries on the sprinkler? If yes, it’s time you turn them out. Your lawn must be watered deeply and this can be done efficiently and with proper care if you personally oversee the job at least 2-3 times a week. Remember, your lawn should not receive a weekly dose of more than 1”- 1 ½” of water.
Secondly, watering more frequently helps clog the roots of the plants. In case, they are watered shallowly they will not find enough strength to clog on to the roots, necessary for a healthy, drought-resistant lush-green lawn. Deep roots help retain water for a longer spell; therefore the grass stays healthier and livelier.
It is best to have your lawn watered in shorter cycles. Do not have the sprinkler on for about an hour continuously for a day. Have your sprinkler on for around 20 – 30 minutes with about 10-minute intervals in between. This helps the soil regain its soaking qualities.