The toasty summer months will be here before we know it, and you don’t want to be caught without an irrigation plan when the time comes! The first step in being prepared is understanding the moisture needs of your lawn.

If you are using an automatic sprinkler system, be sure you program it so that it provides the right amount of water at the right time. In summer, morning is the best time to water to allow moisture to absorb without evaporating. If your area is getting a lot of rain, manually disable irrigation for the days when it is not needed. Not only is this better for water conservation purposes (not to mention your water bill), you can also avoid overwatering, which comes with its own problems.

If you don’t have a pre-programmed irrigation system installed, be sure manual irrigation is applied evenly and in the right amounts. Your sod grower or installer can provide guidelines based on your specific type of turf as well as climate considerations.

Irrigation is an essential part of maintaining healthy, beautiful turfgrass for years to come. Always take care to give your lawn the moisture it needs during the hot, dry days of the summer.