Several issues may arise with your lawn if you don’t water it properly during the summer months. Knowing what the most common mistakes are will help you avoid them. Keep reading to find out what the most common mistakes are for watering your lawn in the summer.
Mistake: Set It and Forget It
If you leave your sprinkler on autopilot during the year, you aren’t watering properly for your landscape’s current needs. Remember, the water requirements will be extremely different when it is 90 degrees out versus 70 degrees.
A proper fix for this is to check for any broken heads or leaks on your sprinkler system. You can also adjust the frequency and time for your summer lawn needs. You can also adapt your schedule if heavier rainfalls are coming through. If you want to avoid having to mess with it, consider installing a smart controller to handle the work for you.
Mistake: Watering Too Often
Another common mistake that many people make is that they water four or five days a week. This will make your lawn vulnerable to disease, fungus, weeds, thatch issues, and an array of other weaknesses.
A good fix for this problem is to water just two days a week and adjust the run times for each zone.
Mistake: Not Watering Enough
If you water your lawn for short periods, the water won’t penetrate the root zone. This is going to stunt essential root development.
An excellent way to fix this and to promote a strong root system and a healthy lawn is to water deeply. It is good to water your lawn for 45 to 60 minutes using rotating heads and 15 to 20 minutes for fixed heads.
Mistake: Watering Too Much
Saturated soils and standing water hours after irrigating can be a clear sign you have overwatered. If this happens, the root zone won’t get enough oxygen, which can lead to fungus and other lawn diseases.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to use one inch of water for each irrigation cycle. This works for most lawns.
Mistake: Irrigating too Late
If you water after the sun has heated up, it will cause all the water to evaporate. Watering in the evening may also be an issue. While this depends on where you live, cool air and damp grass will create the ideal conditions for fungus and disease.
You should water before 10 AM to avoid the potential of water loss or disease and fungus.
Call the Professionals for Help
If you are having trouble with watering your lawn correctly this summer, it may be a good idea to call the professionals. They can evaluate the problem and find the right solution for the issue. If you need help with your irrigation system, contact our team at The IDL Company. We can help with any issue you are facing.