Watering the lawn may seem pretty straightforward, but doing so without an understanding of how turfgrass grows could lead to less healthy grass, higher utility bills or disease. Below are some general principles for best lawn watering practices.
- Water less frequently. Compared to multiple shallow watering events, one deep watering allows the grass to absorb the proper amount of water and create deeper root systems.
- ¾ to 1 inch of water per week is the standard for irrigation needs. Remember, this DOES include rainfall.
- Water early in the morning to avoid excess evaporation during the warmer midday hours.
- Water evenly across the lawn to avoid flooding some areas, missing some or creating runoff on slopes or hillsides.
- You may even decide to let the lawn go dormant when high temperatures become the norm.
Your turfgrass lawn can withstand more than you may realize, and when you follow best practices for watering, you can help it bounce back from those long, hot summer days.