Your Guide to Keeping Lawns and Landscapes Looking Great in the Summer
Eighty-one percent of all Americans have a lawn within their home's landscape design. If you're among them, you'll know that keeping your lawn looking lush and green during the long, hot days of summer can be difficult.
Watering your lawn too much is a waste of money, time, and precious natural resources. Overwatering your lawn can also leave it susceptible to rot and disease. But without enough watering, lawns can soon become dry, patchy, and yellow.
Luckily, we're here with all the tips you need to ensure that you get your lawn watering routine just right this summer.
Signs That a Lawn Needs Watering
As a homeowner, you likely have enough projects to keep your weekends busy through the summer each year. Landscaping is a time-consuming job that requires some finesse and expertise to get right, so leaving it up to the professionals can save you a lot of time.
When to Water Your Lawn
Effective regular lawn care means knowing when to water your lawn for the best results. The ideal time to water in summer is before 10 am and preferably between 4 am and 6 am. At this time of day, the moisture is less likely to evaporate before it can penetrate the soil.
If early-morning watering isn't possible, don't make the mistake of watering late at night. The temperature might be cool like it is in the morning but moisture sitting on your law overnight can make it more prone to disease. The next best time to water is between 4 pm and 6 pm.
How to Water Your Lawn
As your landscaping company will tell you, the amount and frequency of water your lawn needs depends a lot on several factors, including the type of grass, the climate, the type of soil, and the age of your lawn.
Whether you prefer watering lawns automatically or manually, you'll need about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week in most cases. This amount should keep the top 6-8 inches of soil moist without letting it get soggy. Test your soil with a screwdriver at regular intervals to make sure that you're not overwatering or underwatering your lawn.
As for frequency, you'll soon see that deeper, less frequent waterings lead to stronger root development and better drought resistance than quick daily waterings. While two waterings a week will be enough for most of the year, you should water your lawn three times a week in the summer.
Your Guide to Watering Lawns
Knowing when or how much to water your lawn can be tricky. But, with this guide to watering lawns to help you, keeping your lawn looking lush and green should now be a lot easier.
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