With the consistently hot weather we’ve had lately, you may have started to notice stress in your lawn. If your lawn is browning or you notice the color turning a dull blue-green color, that could be a sign your lawn needs more water.
How to test your lawn for lack of moisture
Test your lawn by walking on it and seeing if you notice footprints. If your grass appears pressed down and it doesn’t return to its upright position, your lawn could use more water.
Summer watering recommendations
So you may be wondering, “How much should I water my lawn this time of the year?” Even if your lawn is well established, it does need extra water throughout the growing season. During the summer months, optimal summer watering for your lawn is 1-1 1/2 inches per week.
If you have an in ground irrigation system that translates into 3-4 times a week. The timing can depend on head type. Rotor (spinning) heads can be set 30-50 minutes a day. Spray heads can be set at 10-15 minutes a day. Timing can vary based on the amount of shade on your lawn and coverage of your irrigation system.
The best time to water your lawn
It’s best to water during times where water won’t evaporate quickly. If you have an in ground irrigation system, an ideal watering time is in the very early morning before the sun rises. If you water your lawn using a hose, watering in the evening or early morning may work better for you. By watering when temperatures are lower, you’ll get the most out of your watering expenses.
SMART Irrigation Program
With Schendel’s SMART Irrigation Program, we’ll seasonally adjust your irrigation schedule, to make sure your lawn is getting the water it needs, while making sure your system is running efficiently and effectively. If you’re interested in hearing more about this program, read more here.
In conclusion, properly watered lawns not only have more curb appeal due to their deeper color but they are also less prone to weeds. If you notice the color of your lawn going dull this summer, try these watering tips.