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Watering Your Grass Effectively

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Common Lawn Watering Questions:

How do you know when your grass needs water?

When you find your lawn looking grayish or dull green, your lawn is telling you that it needs water.

When is the best time for watering your grass?

It might seem like you can go out and water your grass whenever you want but watering actually needs to be done at specific times. We suggest watering your grass in the morning (before 9 a.m.), as it is the best time for your lawn to absorb the water most effectively. Morning waterings will allow your grassroots to absorb the nutrients in the water before it evaporates.

We strongly recommend avoiding watering your grass at night (after 5 p.m.) as your grass will not have enough time to absorb the water before nightfall. A wet lawn at night, although it might seem like a smart idea, will make your lawn susceptible to diseases. Think of your lawn as hair, you would not want your kids to run around at night with wet hair because it can make them sick, your lawn is exactly the same. Rule of thumb, the later you water the greater chance of disease.

What should you keep an eye on when watering your grass?

We suggest, when watering your grass, keeping an eye on water distribution. Specifically, pay close attention to the flat, hard surfaces in your yard as they can cause runoff. Also, look out for pooling or puddling on your lawn, as you do not want to “drown” your grass by applying too much water, too quickly for it to be absorbed.

We also suggest that you keep an eye on turfgrass, ornamental trees and shrubs and large native shade trees when watering your grass, to avoid developing a fungus or disease due to shade. Watering, cool, shady grass also makes your lawn extremely susceptible to insects. Therefore, to avoid any unwanted issues in your yard, we suggest watering your lawn the “smart” way.

The Smart Way for Watering Your Grass

  1. Water your lawn in the morning, as this will ensure your lawn gets the nutrients it needs to be healthy, lush and green.
  2. If you live in Texas water in short cycles, allowing your grass to absorb the water. Longer watering cycles may lead to runoff and puddling.
  3. If you live in Illinois or Indiana, we recommend deep watering for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour each time, so that the water gets deep enough to reach the bottom of the roots.
  4. Ensure your watering system is effective and inspect it often, as leaking sprinklers or water-filled valve boxes lead to poor watering practices.
  5. Do not overwater your lawn. We suggest checking with your local water authority or lawn care expert for their recommendations on irrigation schedules. They will be able to provide you with some suggested watering cycles based on weather conditions and forecasts.

Want to learn more or do you have questions?

For more information on mowing, please contact our Lawn Care Expert, Luis Perez, via email at luisp@doctorgreen.com.

For more information on watering your grass, specifically how to inspect your sprinkler system, check out THIS LINK.

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