You have just had a new sprinkler system installed in your yard and you are very excited about it. While having a sprinkler system is great for watering your lawn, it is important to understand how to correctly water your lawn so it stays lush and healthy all summer long. We all know what happens when a plant or yard gets too little water, but is it possible to over water? We have a few tips that should help you better understand how to water your lawn this summer.
When Do You Water?
While you may be tempted to water your lawn during the hottest part of the day, this is actually extremely ineffective. Typically the hottest part of any day is from 11am-3pm. If you choose to water your lawn during this time, too much water can be lost due to evaporation or wind. It is always best to water your lawn in the very early morning. Between 6 and 10am, there is less wind and less heat so the water won’t evaporate before it has a chance to soak into your lawn. It also allows your lawn a full day to dry, which helps prevent disease.
How Much Do You Water?
Your lawn should be getting about 1”-1 ½” of water per week, on average. Instead of watering a little bit every day, it is best to give your lawn a good soaking and apply about ½” of water about 2-3 times a week. In order to find out how long it takes to apply that much water, you can set out cans or buckets in your lawn and time how long it takes to fill them up with ½” of water. Once you have that information, you can set your sprinklers up on a timer.
What Happens If You Overwater?
Over watering your lawn can lead to just as many problems as under watering can. In fact, over watering your lawn can lead to the development of diseases, as well as mildew and fungus, which you will need to eradicate before your lawn is completely destroyed.
If you have any questions or concerns about your newly installed sprinkler system or the landscaping services we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us.