Watering your lawn may seem like the simplest of tasks, but the truth is that many people go about it the wrong way. That can leave your lawn in serious need of hydration, raise your water bill unnecessarily and lead to a great deal of frustration when your grass suffers and wilts in the summer heat. The team at Commercial Lawn Equipment would like to offer the following tips to help you improve your lawn watering techniques and spend more time enjoying your landscaping, and less time watering.
How Often Should I be Watering?
The answer depends on the type of grass that you have. Certain grass types have higher watering requirements than others, so it is important to know what grass is used in your lawn and to create a watering schedule that meets those particular needs. For example, warm-season grasses such as zoysia and bermudagrass require around 20 percent less water than cool-season grasses. Some grass types, such as tall fescue, have deep root systems and can tolerate longer periods of drought than others. A good rule of thumb is to provide 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, adjusting for any rainfall. In times of extremely high temperatures or low rainfall, that amount may need to be increased.
Does it Matter What Time of Day I Water?
The ideal time of day to water your lawn is in the early morning. Giving your grass a good soaking in the morning provides great hydration to last throughout the day. Morning is also ideal because the moisture from watering will evaporate over the course of the day, lowering the risk of mold growth overnight. Because temperatures and sunlight are at lower levels in the morning, less water is lost to immediate evaporation, which is why the middle of the day is not a good time to water.
What Tools Should I Use to Water?
Here again, it depends on your lawn and your particular set of needs. For people with small lawns and ample time to tend to watering, a hose with a gentle spray nozzle is a good option. Hand-watering allows you to see exactly where the water is going, reducing waste through watering hard surfaces such as concrete or siding. For medium-sized lawns, sprinklers can be a good fit. Be sure to check that your sprinklers are properly placed to avoid wasted water and that they are covering the areas that need hydration. For large lawns or homeowners who cannot be present to water, professional irrigation systems can be the best bet.
At Commercial Lawn Equipment, we have the skills and experience needed to guide you toward the lawn of your dreams. Whether you are looking to put in an entirely new lawn from scratch, or just want to boost the health of your existing lawn, we have what it takes to get the job done. Feel free to contact us with any lawn care questions or concerns that you may have, or come in to speak with a team member and see what products we have to offer.