Most people believe that watering grass is one of the easiest tasks one can perform in the endless effort to keep your home looking neat, tidy, and relatively nice looking. Unfortunately, only a handful of these “most people” actually have a firm grasp on what it truly takes to water the lawn. If you find yourself constantly looking at a brown, dead, or otherwise not neat, tidy, and relatively nice looking lawn, then keep reading because you may need some help.
Know Your Lawn
The biggest hurdle and perhaps the most time-consuming when it comes to watering your lawn correctly is knowing your lawn inside and out. You need to basically become one with your lawn. You need to know what type of grass you are growing in order to know exactly how to take care of it. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has a handy tool that allows you to search by zip code to determine what type of grass you have.
This tool gives you pictures and descriptions of the grass that grows naturally in your area and then takes it a step further by telling you the Scotts Miracle-Gro way of taking care of your type of grass. Of course, you can check other websites as well for their input but the bottom line is you need to know what type of grass you have so you know how the experts say you should water and feed it.
Picking the Right Time of Day
According to Professional Landscapers, one should water the grass in the earliest time of day or in the late evening. The purpose behind this is simple; to keep the water from evaporating before it actually soaks down to the roots of the grass. How many times have you seen your neighbours water their lawn every day during the hottest time of the day and their lawn still looks bad? Maybe next time you can go over there and remind them what they were taught in 4th-grade science class: heat and water don’t mix very well.
Ensure Full Coverage
Another common mistake people make when watering their lawns is to over-soak the areas in the sun and under-water the areas in the shade. This is a misconception that can lead to an ugly lawn with dark green and sadly dark brown patches because the balance of water in the lawn is all topsy-turvy. The key to watering a lawn properly is watering it evenly and completely.
The best way to ensure full, even coverage is to use an in-ground sprinkler system but if you can’t put up the big bucks to use these systems, then you need to make sure you have enough sprinklers to cover your entire yard. Some of the best sprinklers for even, full coverage are actually the cheapest and can be found at any local hardware store as well as the chain stores like Home Depot and Lowes.
The good folks at Home Depot have provided a detailed description of the different types of sprinklers that are on the market today and most stores carry all the varieties. Make sure you choose the sprinkler type that best fits your budget, but best ensures full and even coverage of your lawn.
You want to make sure every part of your lawn receives the same amount of water so if you need to move your sprinkler every 30 minutes in order to do so, then so be it. It is a small sacrifice in making sure your lawn is nice and green for those parties you plan on throwing.
How Long and How Often to Water
Now that you have the basics of taking care of your lawn down, the final step is to determine how long and how often you should water it. This step requires you to have completed all the previous ones listed above and then to know what the weather is going to be like where you live. Obviously, if you live in a hot, dry climate, then you will need to water more often than someone who lives in a cool, wet climate.
The rule of thumb for most places in the country is once per day for 30-60 minutes per day unless of course, it rains. If it rains, you shouldn’t need to water your yard that day since Mother Nature already took care of that for you. Don’t stick to this 30-60 minute guideline like it is the Biblical standing on the topic but use it as a starting point.
If you notice that your grass is still too dry then you need to add more time to your watering sessions and remove time if your grass is getting too much water. Yes, you can overwater plants; including grass. If you don’t believe this article, just any Scott’s salesman, lawn care business owner, or check American-Lawns.com website mentioned above.
All-in-all, if you follow the four simple procedures mentioned here your lawn should be watered properly and should be ready to handle all those BBQs and parties you plan on having. Happy watering!
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