Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been sharing some insights into how to prep your lawn for the spring and make it stunning for the summer. We’ve also talked about power raking, core aeration, and what they can do for the quality and vitality of your lawn. As part of Yardly’s ongoing series about lawn care, we thought it would be useful to share some tips and tricks about one of the most important components of proper lawn care: watering. While everybody knows that watering your lawn regularly is incredibly important to its health, not a lot of people know about these easy tricks that will make every drop of water you put on your lawn count twice as much.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at these 5 easy ways to water your lawn more efficiently, effectively, and ecologically than before!
Soak 6 Inches into the Soil
Lawns, especially in areas that don’t experience particularly heavy rainfall like Edmonton, require a lot of water. It’s useful to periodically check how deep water is penetrating the surface of your lawn and making sure that moisture is reaching your entire root system. Use a shovel to lift up your grass every fifteen minutes or so and check your lawn’s moisture levels. Ideally, water should be reaching about six inches down into the soil to ensure maximum absorption by your grass’s root system.
Limit Watering to Once or Twice a Week
While having access to plenty of water is incredibly important for a healthy lawn, there is such a thing as having too much water. An oversupply of water can lead to unwanted fungi or a shallow root system. If your soil is relatively sandy, one watering per week will be enough; more compacted or clay-like soil will require two waterings per week to grow properly. Limiting watering to once or twice a week encourages the development of a deep root system and will help your grass with efficient nutrient absorption.
Water in the Morning
Watering your lawn in the morning ensures maximum water retention. If you water your lawn during the middle of the day, much of the water will evaporate instead of going to your roots. A lot of people like to water their lawns in the evening after work, but this isn’t ideal as often, the water collects and encourages the growth of unwanted fungi. Ideally, you want to water your lawn anywhere between 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. to get the absolute most out of your watering.
Give Your Lawn Time to Soak It In
The ideal watering pattern is “30 minutes on, 30 minutes off.” Water your lawn for 30 minutes and give it roughly the same amount of time to soak in the water and absorb it properly. Watering your lawn for more than 30 minutes will cause puddles to collect and much of the excess water will run off, causing unwanted damage to your grass.
Use Pulsating Sprinklers
Oscillating sprinklers (the ones that shoot water vertically) are vulnerable to evaporation and wind which can cause an uneven or ineffective watering of your lawn in certain conditions. Pulsating sprinklers dispense water horizontally, making them less prone to disturbance by wind or evaporation.
We hope you find these lawn watering tips helpful for making your lawn the healthiest it can possibly be. Yardly offers professional on demand lawn mowing and lawn trimming services for customers looking to take care of their lawns affordably and conveniently. Check out our website for a free quote and link to our app. If you’ve got any lawn watering tips that you’d like to share, be sure to give us a shout on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll be MORE than happy to tell our readers!