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Lawn Watering Tips & Common Mistakes

April 28, 2022, 8:46 am | Irrigation

“What time of day should I water my lawn?” “How long should I water for?” “Does watering depend on my grass type?” Do you have these questions, too? We’ve got you covered! We get a lot of questions about watering in the spring and summer, and our experts are here to answer and help you get the greenest lawn on the block!

Timing is Everything

We recommend watering in the early morning, between 6am and 10am. If you water midday, the heat can lead to wasteful evaporation; and if you water at night, the droplets can cling to the grass and increase the chance of disease.

It’s also important to not water for too long. The ideal amount of water lawns need is around one inch per week. On average, this equates to watering for about 20 minutes three times per week.

Watering For Lawn Type

If you have a warm-season grass, such as Bermuda, it will grow best in 80 degree and warmer weather. Growth slows down as the daytime temperatures drop, but the grass still needs moisture to remain healthy. A good rule of thumb is that if your grass is growing and needs regular mowing, continue to water it.

For cool-season lawns, such as bluegrass and fescue, grass actively grows in the fall and is dormant in the summer. It does, however, require supplemental watering in the summer to remain green and actively growing, and watering should continue every week until a frost ends the growing season.

Common Watering Mistakes

New grass and old lawns have different needs, and your lawn’s size and shape can also affect how it needs to be watered. If your lawn is fully grown, it can handle a more powerful spray. On the other hand, if you have a newly seeded lawn, you should water with a gentle touch. If only part of your lawn has new seed, you can use your regular sprinkler for the main part of your lawn and gently spot-water the newly seeded area.

Don’t want to worry about watering your lawn this summer? Learn about our irrigation packages! Our irrigation experts will perfectly fit your sprinkler system to your lawn, and you can utilize timers so that your lawn is always watered on time, with the right amount of water!

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