Tips For Watering Your Grass

Driving through your neighborhood, there’s always that ONE neighbor whose lawn seems impervious to any weather conditions whatsoever. You’re even pretty sure their lawn could withstand an Indiana snowstorm and remain lush and green! Then you look at yours. It can best be described as a middle-aged person’s awkward stage of their hair color being praised as a “nice, peppered look” as it slowly changes from it’s natural color to grey or white. You can see a few good patches of green in your lawn if the sun catches it just right, but a lot of it is browning and there are many off-green shades. Thankfully, a great, and often neglected, first step you can take for your lawn’s revitalization is simply by watering it properly.

When to Water My Lawn

The morning is always better than in the evening. When the grass is watered before 10 am, it allows the moisture to soak into the soil for hydration and any excess will be evaporated by the sun throughout the remainder of the day. This is also a great motivator to rise early in the morning, grab yourself a cup of liquid energy, and start your day right outside with the peaceful lull of the sprinkler in the background. Nighttime waterings increase the chance of the lawn becoming diseased with so much standing water present and no way for the excess water to be drained. However, you don’t need to worry if you miss your time in the morning. If you can start watering your grass between 4 and 6 pm, you’ll still be fine!

How Much Water Is Needed For My Lawn

1 to 1.5 inches of water per week is a good amount. You can spread it out between multiple waterings and inclement in the weather. The water needs to soak about 6 inches into the soil to know that you’ve watered enough for the day. We know. Math is hard. So we will provide you with a few tests you can do to make it easier for you:

1). The Screwdriver Test. Take a normal-sized screwdriver and start pushing it into the ground until no metal is showing. You should easily be able to do this the entire time you are pushing to know if you’ve hit that 6 inch level

2). The Shovel Test. You need to be careful with this one so as to not ruin your lawn. Take a garden shovel, push it into the ground, and carefully push up. You’ll be able to see how deep the water went based upon the stronger and lighter shades of the soil.

Once you’ve gotten that time down during your initial grass watering, you’ll have a rough idea for the future of average time to water your lawn. 20 to 30 minutes is a good benchmark.

It is possible to overwater your lawn. In order to encourage deeper roots for your grass, it is best to water only 2 or 3 times per week max. Shallower roots do not contribute to long-lasting grass, and too much water can actually mimic the negative effects of nighttime watering. Getting a timer at a hardware store and hooking it up to your hose faucet is an easy and cheap way to make sure you don’t lose track of time when watering your grass.

Best Types of Sprinklers for My Lawn

Revolving, pulsating sprinklers: These rapidly shoot the water out horizontally to sweep water across the lawn. They are least susceptible to the wind and do a great job of not watering the lawn too quickly – unlike oscillating sprinklers.

Sprinkler/Irrigation System: If you’ll be at your current residence for the long-term, this is a worthwhile investment as it gives you a lot more control over how long and how often your grass can be watered, and it certainly allows the water to spread more evenly throughout your lawn.

Having a good lawn watering technique is a great first step in enhancing your lawn’s health. Our lawn care professionals at Stagreen would love to talk with you about the ways we can assist in any of your landscaping needs to provide you with a yard you can be proud of.