Every homeowner knows that watering the lawn is important, but fewer understand the intricacies of lawn watering. Understanding the best times to water, the average amount to water, and the best seasonal watering strategies are all essential tips for keeping a lawn healthy and green. Once you learn how to keep your lawn in ideal condition, you’ll understand why a water sprinkler system can significantly simplify the process.
What Time Is Best for Watering the Lawn?
Start early when it comes to watering. In the early morning hours, the lawn should be wet from dew, making it ideal for watering. By the middle of the day, excessive water evaporation will occur, meaning that much of your watering efforts will go to waste. In the evening hours, there is an increased chance that diseases could afflict your lawn if you water too late in the day.
There is, however, an exception if you are living in extremely hot weather conditions and nighttime temperatures do not go below around 68 degrees, then it is best to water in the early evening hours. By watering during the cooler part of the day, you’ll limit the amount of water used, because less will evaporate.
How Much Water Does the Typical Lawn Need?
The typical lawn should to have about 2.5 inches of water per each watering session, since the general rule is that a watering depth of around 6 inches is the target goal. Understanding your lawn’s soil will inform how much you should water.
- Sandy Soil
- Easier to permeate, but dries up quicker, so shorter, more frequent waterings are recommended.
- Clay or Loamy Soil
- It is harder to permeate, but holds water longer, so longer, less frequent waterings are recommended.
Watering Strategy by Season
Seasons also shake up the watering strategy. As you would expect, summer is the period which requires the most watering. If your area is going through a windy season, that will also require more watering since the lawn’s water will evaporate more quickly. Spring and fall, as a general rule, require far less watering maintenance.
Winter watering strategies can vary by climate. Cold and snowy climates are very low maintenance and may require no watering at all, while warmer areas, such as Florida, may require watering year round.
How to Automate the Home Watering Process
Using sprinklers or a home irrigation system can take a lot of the science and work out of keeping a healthy lawn. It also leads to lower water bills due to more efficient watering practices. Allow our professionals to visit you and discuss your irrigation needs. Your irrigation system will be tailored to the specific needs of your lawn, and we will give you all of the advice you need on how to best maintain it. Contact Us for a free estimate or give us a call at 1-800-WETLAWN.