Do you know how often to water your lawn throughout the year? Should it get more water in the spring when the temperatures are high, or when it cools down in the evening? If you are like many other homeowners, you may water based on what you think is best for you lawn. Unfortunately, you may be doing more harm than good.
Here you can learn when and how to water your lawn based on the season. This will help you keep your grass, trees and plants happy and healthy year round.
Watering in the spring is pretty easy. You don’t need to do too much. While there are some years where it is drier than normal, in most cases, there will be plenty of rain to accommodate the lawn’s needs.
Starting in the latter part of March or early April, you should begin to water your lawn at least once a week. Set the sprinklers to run for about 40 to 50 minutes per station. If you are applying weed/bug killers or fertilizers you can break this rule, as these products will have to be watered in.
- Pro Tip: Throughout the year, the amount of time that you water your lawn is going to remain pretty consistent. What changes is the number of times a week you water.
June marks the official start of summer. However, you know the heat can arrive much earlier in the year. As the temperatures begin to go up in the mid part of spring, you will want to add a second day to your watering schedule. As you move further into the summer months, you will also need to add days to the watering schedule, but the time (40 to 50 minutes) will remain constant. A good schedule to follow is to water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, mow on Saturday and then water after mowing.
Once Labor Day comes and goes, you can begin to reduce the number of times you water your lawn. The temperatures will begin to fall, which means that you can begin to reduce how often you water. Watch the temperatures and you can eventually go back to watering your lawn just once a week until the full impact of winter arrives.
Tips and Tricks for Watering Properly
Some additional tips that will help you regulate the watering of your lawn include:
- Water deeply so the grass will grow deep roots.
- If your grass isn’t getting enough water it will begin to look a grayish/blue color.
- Areas of your lawn in the shade will need less water than those in the direct sunlight.
- If you have sandy soil, it will drain quickly, which means you may need to split up the watering times.
If you are still unsure about when or how much to water your lawn, contact the landscaping professionals. They will be able to help you keep your lawn looking great throughout the year.