There is an art to mowing as we discussed in last weeks Simply Green Lawncare blog post: The Art of Mowing and this week we are discussing the science of watering your lawn! There are key steps in prepping your lawn, timing when you water and making sure you aren’t watering too much! Below we have put together a step-by-step guide to make watering your lawn easier this season!
- Check the current water restrictions for your area at www.gaepd.org and always adhere to those rules.
- Check your soil moisture to ensure that water is needed.
- Overwatering is expensive, both in higher water bills and the risk of lawn disease.
- The best time to water is early in the morning, between 4:00 am and 10:00 am, when temperatures are cooler.
- Watering early allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing disease and water waste due to evaporation during the heat of the day.
How much water?
- Your objective is to keep the top 6” of your soil moist; most lawns require 1.0”-1.5” of water per week during the growing season.
Deep root water tip
- Instead of watering every other day to achieve the needed 1.0”-1.5,” water 1-2 days in a row, then don’t water the next 4-5 days. This provides deep root watering and allows your soil pores to open for oxygen.