Time To Start Watering Your Lawn

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.

Here in the Midwest, temperatures are starting to climb big time. In fact, the East Coast is slated to get some temperatures in the triple digits this week. That means you guys need to start watering now! But how you water is just as important as when and where, so let’s get to the basics.

Irrigation Tips

1) Water deeply. I so often meet people who are trying to do the right thing with their lawn watering but they are really doing more harm than good. You don’t need to water every single day. Instead, irrigate the lawn every second or even third day and do it deep. I like to get down a 1/2 inch of water with each session, but if you don’t have the time to throw out a rain gauge, leave the sprinkler out for an hour in each spot, and you’ll be fine.

2) Water in the morning. This one is important because of issues with summer fungus. If you water your lawn in the evening, the leftover moisture sits there hot all night and fungus will grow and turn the lawn yellow. However, if you water in the morning before 10 a.m., the water that remains is evaporated away.

3) Water consistently. Chances are if you arrived here on “Life and Lawns” a little late, your lawn is already a little brown or dormant. This really is a natural reaction and not a bad thing for your grass. However, if you plan to start watering and essentially bring the lawn out of summer dormancy, that is fine as long as you continue to water and keep it out of dormancy all year. It is very unhealthy to let the lawn go in and out of dormancy.

Finally, if you do decide to let your grass stay brown and dormant all summer, just make sure you give it at least 1/2 inch of water every 10 days or so just to keep the crowns alive.


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