Lawn watering is one of the most important parts of maintaining healthy grass, but determining how much to water your lawn can sometimes be confusing. There are several factors to consider when determining how much water to give your lawn, including the local climate and type of soil you have.
Below, we provide all the information you need on watering your lawn for the best results. Follow the tips below to enjoy beautiful grass all season.
The perfect amount
The perfect amount of water to give your lawn can vary depending on who you ask; however, giving your lawn 1 to 2 inches of water per week should usually suffice. This includes rainwater, so if it’s already rained an inch or two in one week, don’t bother watering your lawn further.
One to 2 inches of water should be enough to fully soak your lawn. Additionally, you don’t need to water your lawn every day. Watering your lawn two to three times per week should be plenty.
Best time to water your lawn
Many people also wonder when and how frequently they should water their lawns. It’s best to water your lawn in the morning, as the grass will have time to absorb the water before it evaporates. Watering in the morning also gives your grass time to dry before nightfall.
One of the best ways of ensuring your lawn gets enough water is by investing in a good sprinkler system. Watering a large lawn on your own is time- and energy-consuming. Sprinklers, on the other hand, will give your entire lawn a good helping of water in no time.
Be sure to set your sprinklers based on your lawn’s needs. Most of the time, a sprinkler system installation expert can recommend the right setting for your lawn.
Determining if you’ve watered your lawn enough
There are several ways to determine if you’ve given your lawn enough water. For one, you can try to poke a screwdriver through the surface of your lawn. If the screwdriver slides in easily, your lawn has had enough water.
Another popular method is the tuna can test, which involves placing empty tuna cans in several spots around your lawn. Time how long it takes to fill the tuna cans with 1 to 2 inches of water. This will help you determine a good time setting for your sprinklers.
The differences in watering cool-season grass and warm-season grass
Cool-season grass, including Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass, often requires more water than warm-season grass. While cool-season grass usually needs 1 to 2 inches of watering, warm-season grass only needs around 1 to 1 ¼ inches of water.
Contact us for all your sprinkler needs
Give your lawn the best care possible by investing in a sprinkler system from Star Sprinkler Systems Inc. We offer sprinkler system installation and repairs. Our company only works with top-quality brands like Hunter, Rain Bird and Toro. Get in touch with us today for a free estimate on your sprinkler system.