Keeping your lawn and landscape looking its best requires watering – although we’ve certainly had plenty of rain as of late. However, when the rains finally stop and temperatures start heating up, watering your lawn at the right time is critical to its health and beauty. Whether you live in Overland Park, Leawood, or other areas around Kansas City, you want your lawn to look lush, green, and beautiful. Because IDL Company installs and repairs automatic sprinkler systems and provides other services important to a thriving lawn and curb appeal, we thought we would offer a few watering tips to help ensure your lawn and landscape looks its best throughout the summer months.

Why watering at night is not recommended

Many people believe that watering late in the evenings is best. While it’s probably safe to set your system to run between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., watering after the sun has set may result in mildew and fungus, as the water on the surface doesn’t have an opportunity to dry.

Never water during the hottest part of the day

In most areas, the hottest hours of the day are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. During these hours, watering is not recommended as the hot sun and quick evaporation can cause the grass to become scorched.

Watering in the morning is a good idea

Setting your automatic sprinkler system to water your lawn between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. is ideal, as the sun has not risen high enough in the sky or produced enough heat to scorch the lawn, yet the grass has ample time to dry before night falls. If you have an automatic sprinkler system installed, set it to run in the early morning hours mentioned above, or between 4 and 6 or 7 p.m. for best results.

Now for another question: How much water does your lawn require?

Generally speaking, about one inch of water per week is sufficient to keep your lawn in good shape. In order to ensure your sprinkler system is not over- or under-watering your lawn, it’s a good idea to use a rain gauge, or even a short can such as a tuna can placed on a level area in the yard. You can then determine how long it takes for your sprinkler system to deliver an inch of water. It’s best to water one day per week at the one inch level than to water several days per week at 1/4 or 1/2 inch increments.

Of course, how much you water your lawn each week will also depend on whether it rains; you’ll also need to keep in mind such factors as any slopes in your landscape and runoff. Watering more frequently but for shorter time periods can be unhealthy for the Page 2 of 2root system of your grass and other plants/shrubs in your landscape. At IDL Company, we want to help keep your lawn looking as lush, green, and beautiful as possible throughout the hot summer months. Considering the installation of an automatic sprinkler system for your Kansas City home, or need repairs? Count on our team for exceptional, efficient service.