Starting To Think About Lawn Irrigation And Watering

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.

It’s a little early yet, but you should have this information soon, before it comes upon us and we miss it. This info is all about lawn watering. Because I know you guys are doing everything I say about lawn cutting, lawn fertilizing, and everything else, this one becomes even more important as the summer draws near.

Water Deeply and Infrequently

The first thing to know is that you need to water your lawn deeply when you do, and not really too often. What that means is it is better to soak the lawn a couple of times per week than it is to water for 10 minutes every single day. This really is one of the biggest mistakes that people make with their automatic irrigation systems and lawn watering. If you have an underground sprinkler system, chances are it is set to water daily for a few minutes per zone. This causes shallow rooting in the lawn (a spongy condition) because the water is not penetrating deeply, it’s hanging on the surface.

Water the Lawn Consistently

You can’t stop watering during the month of July and then suddenly start up again in early August, only to stop again at the end of the summer. If you do this, you are actually harming and weakening the turf root system, as it is forced to come in and out of summer dormancy.

Lawns go brown and dormant in summer if they do not get enough moisture. This is okay as long as you don’t take the lawn in and out of this stage multiple times during the year. Summer dormancy is a defense mechanism and if you let that defense kick in, you need to let it run its course.

Along with proper lawn watering, continue to mow tall and keep it fertilized. If you water right, and mow and fertilize, your lawn can stay nice and green all summer long, and that’s just what we’re looking for!


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