Watering the lawn may not be anyone’s idea of a fun Saturday afternoon, but it’s certainly an important part of keeping grass healthy and green. When done properly, watering your grass can help the roots grow stronger, making the yard healthier and more resistant to weeds, diseases, and drought conditions. And although it may seem simple, there are things to know when it comes to watering your lawn. There are many common lawn watering mistakes that can actually do more harm than good to your yard. To help avoid these setbacks, the lawn care experts at Turf Shield are here to discuss four lawn watering mistakes to avoid.
Mistake #1: Watering at the Wrong Time:
It’s important to water your lawn at the right time to achieve the maximum benefit from your watering. If temperatures are too hot when you are watering, a lot of the water will evaporate before it ever reaches the roots of your grass. That’s why we recommend watering your grass in the early morning.
Mistake #2: Over-Watering Your Lawn:
More water isn’t always the best approach. Poor watering habits can encourage shallow root systems, which can leave your yard vulnerable to heat stress and drought. Additionally, over-watering can increase the chances of fungus and other diseases. It can also be a waste of water.
Mistake #3: Under-Watering Your Lawn:
Conversely, not providing your grass with enough water can also be harmful. This is especially true for newly planted lawns that need time and lots of water to establish a healthy, deep root system. As a general rule lawns need about one inch of water per week, though this can depend on the type of grass and the climate conditions.
Mistake #4: Not Monitoring Your Sprinkler System
There’s more to watering your lawn right than getting an automatically-timed sprinkler system and setting it on autopilot. Keep tabs on your system when it’s running to make sure it’s operating correctly. Installing a water sensor to keep it from operating in the rain or when the soil is wet can help. Don’t run the system when your plants and lawn are dormant. During the growing season, instead of running it 20 minutes every day, run it for an hour twice a week to help the water penetrate the soil more deeply and reach the roots.
Watering your lawn may not seem like rocket science, but following these tips and watering correctly can go a long way towards promoting a healthy, hydrated lawn that will look great. If you have any questions about watering or any other lawn maintenance matters, please contact Turf Shield today to speak with our lawn care professionals. And don’t forget to follow us on social media for more lawn care tips, news, and much more.