When it comes to having a healthy, green lawn, one of the most vital factors is water. Most people are aware that watering your lawn is crucial, but may not know how to do so properly for optimal results. How often you water, when you water and the type of lawn you’re watering will all play a role in the results you’ll see. Check out our tips below to efficiently water your lawn this season, and in return have thriving green grass!
When to Water
Timing is key. While it may seem like watering your lawn at any time of day would be beneficial, you may be actually causing your lawn more harm than good; If you were to water your lawn at night, for example, you’re setting the perfect conditions for lawn diseases. The best time to water is in the morning, before 10am. It’s typically coolers in the morning, so water can be absorbed into the roots. If you water in the middle of the day during peak sun hours, the water may evaporate before it has time to soak into the soil. We understand that finding the time in the morning to water your lawn can be difficult, which is why a timed sprinkler system will be helpful! When you set it to water at a specific time each day, you’re also ensuring consistency, making sure your lawn isn’t going long periods of time between watering sessions. Your lawn will be adequately hydrated all season long!
How Much to Water
In addition to watering at just the right time, knowing how much to water is also crucial. Overwatering or underwatering could be hindering the growth of your lawn. When you water too lightly, the grassroots won’t grow deep enough, which can cause issues in the warm weather. You should aim to water until the top 6-8 inches of soil is wet. So how do you know when you’ve watered enough? You have a few options:
Check the soil- While we don’t expect that you’ll dig up the soil every time to see how far down the water has reached, it’s a good idea to do it the first time to get an idea of how long it takes. Use a shovel to test and determine how deep the water has gone until it’s at least 6 inches down, and use this time to know how long you should be running your sprinkler.
Use a flow timer- First, you’ll want to determine your lawn’s square footage. Multiply this by number 0.62 gallons (which equals an inch of water per square foot), and this will determine how many gallons will be needed for the entire lawn.
Contact Berardi Irrigation
Watering your lawn shouldn’t be a complicated task; With many advanced irrigation systems on the market, having a thriving lawn is easier than ever. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our irrigation systems and get a quote for installation! Fill out an online form or give us a call today at 781-828-2029!