Dec 16 2019
How long should you water your lawn? It is less about time and more about the quality of the watering that you are able to lend to your lawn
Some people will be surprised to learn that they have not been watering their lawn as effectively as they could be. There are ways to water your lawn so that it gets properly hydrated all the way down to its expanding roots.
So how long should you water your lawn? It depends on who you ask, and we will tell you that it is more about proper irrigation and a level of saturation than a specific amount of time, especially because people use different tools for watering, hoses to sprinklers. We provide some expert-level tips below for ways to water your lawn more impactfully.
If you need a dedicated team to care for your lawn during the growing season and you are on Cape Cod or Southeastern Massachusetts, then you should reach out to our knowledgeable representatives today for a free quote. Our team can offer complete landscaping services to you, including lawn care and maintenance. Call now: 508-477-4814.
7 ways to irrigate your lawn more effectively
- Water at the right time. Watering in the morning before 10 am is the most opportune time. This is the case because temperatures are typically cooler in the morning and the winds are often less significant. Watering in the morning helps the grass, soil, and roots absorb the water before it evaporates away. Watering during the afternoon when it is the hottest period of the day will lead to the quicker evaporation and the grass’ roots will not take in as much water as needed.
- Avoid watering in the evening when possible. We understand that many homeowners do not have the time to water their lawns before they go to work in the morning, making evening waterings more utilized. However, the later a lawn is watered in the evening, the greater chance there is of disease developing and spreading, especially if the grass does not have time to dry before the overnight when temperatures drop. If watering later in the day is necessary, try to do it between 4pm and 6pm.
- Use enough water. It is often said that lawns need between 1” and 1.5” of water each week to grow. Furthermore, it is best to keep the initial 6” of topsoil from drying out or roots can suffer. If it does not rain frequently or you have hit a drought period, then it is best to water the lawn manually to keep it alive.
- Do not overwater. Overwatering a lawn can be detrimental to its health because too much water will deprive the soil of oxygen. Watering is best performed two or three times each week, opposed to daily watering.
- Different lawns have different needs. Different types of grasses will respond to water in varying degrees. Some grasses will require more water to thrive than others, and vice versa. Knowing the difference is important.
- There are options for watering. Hoses and various levels of irrigation systems can be used to water your lawn. Choose an option that works best for you. If you do not have the time to water your landscape and you do not want to invest in an irrigation system, then our team can help those of you who are in Southeastern Massachusetts or on Cape Cod.
- Strong lawns do not need as much water. You will not need to water an established, healthy lawn nearly as much as a lawn that is struggling to survive. Our team of experts can help you establish a healthy lawn so watering becomes even easier.
Maffei Landscape serves all of Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts
If your lawn care requires a professional touch, then contact our knowledgeable representatives now to receive a free quote on your landscaping needs. Our team has provided complete landscape services to Massachusetts’ properties for nearly 30 years. Let us bring that expertise to your lawn. Call now: 508-477-4814.