Follow these five tips for watering your lawn from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
To get the lush, green grass of your dreams you need to do what’s best for your lawn. Part of that is knowing when and how to properly water your lawn. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can follow five tips about watering your lawn and have a better and brighter lawn.
1. Water at the right time.
Before you come up with a watering schedule, it’s best to know the best time to water your lawn. The best time for watering your lawn is between 6 and 10 a.m. because your lawn will have the whole day to dry. You can also water between 4 and 7 p.m. if you don’t have time in the morning. However, watering at night can promote fungus and mildew growth.
Try to avoid watering between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as it’s the hottest part of the day. Most of the water will just evaporate.
2. Know what kind of soil you have.
Your lawn’s soil can affect how you go about watering your lawn. For example, clay-based soil doesn’t absorb water as quickly as sandy soil. Doing a soil test on your lawn can help determine a better watering schedule.
3. Use the right amount of water.
With a sprinkler, you’ll want to apply about 1/2 inch of water twice a week. You’ll need to figure out how much time it takes to apply this much water to your lawn. To do so, set out empty tuna or cat food cans. Time how long it takes to fill them up. Because sprinklers don’t always evenly distribute water, compare a few cans to see if they have equal levels of water. It usually takes about 15-30 minutes to fill up the cans, depending on the sprinkler. Once you have that time figured out, you can set your water timer.
4. Use a water timer.
A sprinkler or hose timer is a great way to keep yourself from over-watering your lawn. You can program the timer to automatically shut off so the lawn gets the proper amount of water. It’s perfect if you need to leave the house while your lawn is being watered, or if you forget you’ve left your sprinklers on.
5. Use the right kind of sprinkler.
Using the right kind of sprinkler is also important for watering your lawn. A pulsating sprinkler is a good choice for older, mature lawns. The revolving sprinkler head shoots out water with high velocity, so it’s less likely to evaporate or be affected by wind. If you have new grass, you’ll want to use an oscillating sprinkler. The water from the oscillating sprinkler isn’t as strong as a pulsating sprinkler, so new grass seed won’t get pushed around.
Properly watering your lawn is just one of the ways you can have a brighter and better lawn. For more tips on caring your lawn, visit our Lawn Care blog.