How To Water Your Lawn For The Best Results
Much stress is placed on our water systems during warm summer months. Many homeowners who water their lawns use as much as 80 percent more water during the summer than they do in cooler seasons. But the average homeowner often waters his lawn too frequently, too lightly and at the wrong time of day, wasting water and creating an unhealthy environment for their grass. Following a few sensible rules could help you conserve water while maintaining a healthy lawn. The information here is directed toward established lawns. Newly laid sod will require a different, more frequent watering plan. When to Water - Avoid irrigation during midday and in windy conditions. - The best time to water a lawn is from 5 to 8 a.m. During this time, water usage is lowest and water pressure is probably the highest. - Wind is low in early morning, so the spray of water from the sprinkler system is less likely to disrupt the water pattern and with no hot sun, less water is lost to the atmosphere by evaporation. - Also some turf diseases require extended periods of leaf moisture, so water early and the grass blades can dry out quickly as the sun rises. - Water only when the plant tells you to. Look for bluish-purple leaves, rolled leaves, foot printing. Water within a day of observing these symptoms.