One of the ways homeowners can go wrong in lawn care is in the way they water the lawn. Lawn watering is not simply setting out the sprinkler and letting it run on its own.
The reality is you may be underwatering or overwatering your lawn, which by the way, does more harm than good.
It is essential to know the right time and the right amount of water your lawn needs for proper irrigation.
Watering your lawn based on grass types
- Cool-season grasses
- Warm-season grasses
Cool-season grasses have an active growth in spring and fall; in summer and winter, they may become dormant. These need watering at least every three weeks or more if it doesn’t rain.
If you water them more frequently, you may be watering weeds instead of grass because they will likely die if you water too much.
Warm-season grasses do well in the summer heat and may become dormant in winter or fall.
Though some grasses in this category are drought-tolerant, they still need watering to maintain a healthy root system.
General lawn irrigation tips
There are a few considerations you have to implement to keep your lawn healthy.
- Irrigate only when the grass needs it
Research shows that watering when the grass needs it results in deeper rooted grass and healthier tufts. So, when it rains for several days waterless and on hot days water more.
Not sure when to water? There’s a recommended test; step into the grass; if it doesn’t spring up, it’s probably time to water.
- Quantity is important
Too little or too much water will impact the grass growth negatively. So, find a balance.
- Check the efficiency of your irrigation system.
If you notice any leaks, water runoffs, or any other problem with your sprinkler system, it’s best to turn to professionals offering irrigation services.
Whether you need irrigation system repair or irrigation system installation when your system gets old, find your local contractor for an upgrade ASAP.