It’s been very dry these last few weeks. Watering your landscaping is crucial to keeping a healthy lawn and landscape. The following guidelines will ensure a proper amount of moisture through the hot dry periods of summer.
- Ideally you should water your lawn between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. This is the time of day that it is generally the least windy and coolest and water pressure is at its greatest. This will help to prevent losing moisture to evaporation. Watering turf during midday is not very effective since a large amount of water is lost to evaporation. Evening watering is also not recommended since it does not allow the lawn to dry out before night, increasing the chance for fungus problems.
- Try to avoid irrigating on the day that your lawn is to be mowed. To get the best quality cut your lawn should be mowed when it is dry.
- Always try to water your lawn the day after you are mowed. Lawns are stressed after being mowed; watering will help to minimize the stress.
- Do not water every day. Industry experts recommend letting the lawn dry out between watering. Watering less frequently (every two to three days depending upon conditions), but longer, will encourage deeper root systems thus creating a healthier lawn.
- Your lawn requires one inch of water per week this will allow the top four to six inches of soil to get the proper moisture to sustain your lawn. Natural rainfall will help dictate how often you irrigate your lawn, but you must keep track how much rain actually falls.
- Your irrigation system should be set to run at 100% and the time that each zone runs should be set accordingly. You want each zone to run long enough to thoroughly soak the ground but stopping before puddles are created or run-off occurs. When setting up the zone times the following factors should be taken into consideration. Is the lawn area in full sun vs. shade? Shady areas will hold moisture longer and therefore will not need as much irrigation as sunny areas. Is the ground flat or on a slope? Run-off will occur quicker on sloped areas therefore
- you may need to turn the time down but water these areas more frequently to achieve the desired moisture level. Also, keep in mind that spray heads require less time (five to 15 minutes) than rotor heads (10 to 30 minutes).
- Your irrigation control clock most likely has a manual turn on setting so that you can run the whole system or just specific zones if the need arises to give the lawn additional attention above and beyond the normal watering schedule. Please familiarize yourself with this feature.
- Finally, make sure that your irrigation system is in good working order. Make sure that all irrigation heads are adjusted properly to overlap and provide complete coverage of the lawn areas.