The homeowners with lawns have the best times relaxing in their garden. No matter how much easy the gardening may seem from the outer sight, it takes a tremendous amount of hard work to grow and maintain the lush green grass throughout the lawn. From seeding little plants, watering your lawn each day, mowing, weeding to the healthy greenery all around, it takes patience and right techniques.
We understand your concern for the self-grown flora. Therefore, we have summed up the basics of lawn watering to help you maintain the happy green sight in the below points. Read on to know.
Top 7 Tips for watering your lawn Perfectly
Well, see these 7 tips to watering your lawn perfectly. Hope these tips will help you to grow your lawn perfectly with more carefully too. So let see what’s included here:
Timings play an important role while it comes to watering your lawn. Watering at nights may mean allowing many bacterial diseases or pests to take a hold on your grass. You obviously won’t want these guests to dwell in your lawn without your consent, right? The perfect timings for watering is considered as early in the morning as possible till 10:30 am and between 4pm-6pm if needs to be done in the evening. Watering between these timings would allow the grass to absorb the water well before it gets evaporates. Also, mowing in morning is suggested but it should not be done after the watering of lawn.
2) Water Enough
The lawn needs about 1-1 ½ inch water weekly. That means watering the lawn with half-inch water twice in a week is sufficient enough. Studies suggest watering 2-3 times a week rather a lot in a day. Also, watering must be done slowly i.e., you must not rush to water an inch in a go. Rushing would only make the water runoff preventing the soil absorb the water properly to reach the roots. This further means watering should be a planned process to be done gradually even if takes hours. It must be done deeply rather quickly. Watering must be avoided before the raining season as it can be excess of water for the grass then.
3) Measure the Depth
One of the important factors to understand is how much time does your lawn require to get moist deeply. By depth we mean, soil must get moist about 6 inches each time you water the grass. This is a measure to check if the water has reached enough deep to be absorbed well by the roots. This will enable the roots to hold the grass stronger when it gets exposed to the summer heat. To begin with, you might dig the soil every 15 minutes once you start watering your lawn to measure how much deep it has been wet. Once you reach the desired result, you know the approximate time your lawn takes to get moist properly. The phrase here says “if you are able to push a 6 inches screwdriver with ease in the lawn ground, you are watering the grass well”.
4) Type of Soil
Type of soil is also another factor that will decide how much water does the soil would require or how much time will it take to get moist to the depth. For example, clay soil has the uniqueness to hold the moisture for longer than the sandy soil. This means, clay soil wouldn’t require to be watered much frequently as compared to sandy soil since the water in sand gets drained out sooner. Clay soil requires shorter, repeated water cycles as water gets penetrated slowly. Take the soil test to know which soil your lawn is composed of.
Grass-types are identified in two main categories which are warm season grass and cool season grass. Warm season grasses like centipede grass, bermuda grass, zoysia grass turn dormant- brown in color in consisted cooler (below 60 degree F) weather and revive the greenery in summers. Cool season grass like fescue because of its deep root system has the maximum drought tolerance. Winter season grass type include tall fescue, fine fescue, perennial rye grass and Kentucky bluegrass among others.
6) More Watering in Heat
If your lawn consists majorly fescue grass which is basically a winter season grass then this needs to be taken into consideration. This is important because winter season grasses require more irrigation in summers to be able to survive. Experts suggest that watering the lawn lightly yet more frequently should be done (in such a case) especially in the peak summers for keeping the grass green throughout the season. Remember, watering frequently and not deeply is suggested here.
7) Choosing the Right Sprinkler
The traditional belief accepted the watering of plants through water cans as it adds the human touch to the plants. Practically speaking, it would be next to impossible to water a large lawn this way. With technology advancement, sprinklers have become the vital part for irrigation. Selection of sprinkler plays a crucial role in watering your lawn perfectly. Soil must be evenly moist throughout the lawn to prevent any low moisture side effect on some parts of the grass. For small to medium lawn size host end sprinklers would suffice. In-ground sprinklers get the turf watered in a closer angle to the ground. Other types of sprinklers include rotating, oscillating, fixed, travelling etc. You must evaluate each one’s pros and cons and the best purposes fulfilled to get the right sprinkler for your lawn.
In a Nutshell
While we grasp the need for essential watering techniques mentioned above, we must also be careful to prevent the over watering. Thankfully, the latest sprinklers have timers which can be really helpful to avoid any water wastage too. The efforts we put into seeding of new plants shall be reaped well if taken care properly. The blueish green color of grass or even the curled grass blades signify the water deficiency. Any significant changes in the grass texture should also be checked to prevent any damage to the lawn flora. Remember the tips each time you think of watering your lawn.