Watering is an important part of good lawn care but your lawn will only benefit from watering if it is done properly.
Lawns grow healthy with the right amount of water but too much water can cause problems such as wilting and bare spots. The lawn will also suffer if it does not get enough water so the key is to make sure your lawn gets just the right amount.
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if your lawn is receiving adequate water and these watering tips will help you follow good watering practices and notice the signs of insufficient or too much water.
During the summer, the lawn should be moist 4 to 6 inches deep in the soil to help promote the growth of a healthy root system.
It takes about 1 to 2 inches of water per week in the summer to provide enough moisture for the soil but if the weather is very hot or dry, the lawn may need more water. You should be aware of areas of your lawn that tend to hold excess water as well as areas that do not hold water well so that you can water them accordingly.
Summer Lawn Watering Tips
The following tips will help you provide enough water for your lawn and recognize the signs of inadequate watering:
- Moisture Stress: It is important to be able to recognize signs of moisture stress immediately so that you can help correct the problem. If the grass blades lose their springiness or color, the lawn is dry and needs more water. If the grass is wilted but the soil is wet, the lawn has been over watered.
- Morning Watering: The morning is the best time to water the lawn because the warmer temperatures at midday will cause more water to evaporate before it is absorbed by the soil. Watering in the evening may leave some plants wet overnight which could lead to diseases, but it is a safe option for most healthy lawns if watering in the morning is not an option.
- Water Deeply: It is best to water deeply and less frequently because the lawn will allow the water to penetrate deeper in the soil to promote root growth. If you give the lawn a shallow watering more frequently, this will cause shallow root growth which can lead to an unhealthy lawn.
- Soil Type: The soil type can affect how much water the root system absorbs so it is important to know which type is in your lawn. Sandy soils absorb water very quickly and require only about ½ to ¾ inch of water to penetrate about 6 inches below the surface. Clay soils absorb water much slower and need 1 to 1½ inches of water to penetrate to a depth of 6 inches.
- Test Moisture Level: You can test the depth of the moisture in your lawn by taking a screwdriver or similar object and sticking it into the soil in different spots. The further down you can push the object, the deeper the moisture has penetrated in the soil. The ideal moisture depth is between 6 and 12 inches.
Proper watering is an important part of summer lawn care and it is crucial to make sure your lawn receives just the right amount of water to help promote growth and avoid wilting, bare spots, and disease.
These tips will help you provide enough water for your lawn and recognize the symptoms of moisture stress so you can change your watering practices accordingly.
If you notice problems such as wilting or bare spots in your lawn that have not been corrected by watering, contact Green T Lawn Care to have a professional assess the problem.