Watering is an essential lawn maintenance task. It provides one of the three major elements that this plant needs – including sunlight, soil and water. In order for this process to have a positive effect on your grass you need to learn how to water properly. The timing and method are the two important factors. Grow grass that is lush and long by practicing good watering techniques.
When to Water
The best time to water your grass is first thing in the morning. Applying water at that time of day will allow for the right amount of evaporation, leaving the foliage dry. Wet leaves are a prime location for mold, mildew and other diseases which will leave your lawn dingy and weak. Also, the water is absorbed into the soil most efficiently in the morning where it will help to deliver nutrients and the necessary elements for growth.
How Often to Water
This depends entirely on the amount of rainfall. Most lawns need an average of 1 inch of water each week. If nature provides that amount of moisture in any given period of seven days you shouldn’t need to supplement. If there is a drought or dry spell use a hose or sprinkler to apply approximately one inch of water to the lawn.
A rain gauge is the easiest method of tracking rainfall. Place one on your lawn and monitor the amount that has fallen. Recording this data will help you to plan a schedule of watering, which is handy with automatic sprinkler systems and when hiring a lawn maintenance contractor.
Best Methods of Watering the Lawn
Your grass will appreciate manual watering that closely resembles the natural method. Longer periods of a soft spray have the best rate of absorption, as opposed to short bursts. Watering once per week to bring the total up to one inch is the optimum method.
When Watering Goes Wrong
When lawn watering is not done properly, you could end up over-watering or creating conditions that cause disease. You may be watering too much or too often, causing the soil to become saturated. When that happens the water will begin to run-off and the roots are robbed of needed oxygen and could begin to rot.
Unlike your garden, you cannot mulch the grass to retain moisture. Keeping the blades of grass a little longer helps to shade the soil underneath, cutting back on evaporation and dryness.
For the healthiest lawn you will need to apply only the right amount of water at the optimum time. That water needs to be applied in a long, somewhat gentle spray allowing the maximum absorption. Remember to water the right way and only when necessary.