According to North Star Tree Service, one of the most important aspects of lawn care is irrigation. Without irrigation, your lawn could become a brown eyesore that can take away from the beauty of your home. Watering your lawn can be a tricky task to master, and watering at the wrong time can be extremely detrimental to the overall health of your lawn. Follow some of our suggestions on when to water your lawn and watch it transform into the masterpiece it truly is.
The best time of day to water your lawn is right around 3 or four o’clock in the morning. At this time of the day there is less heat, wind, and hot sun that could potentially dry out the water that is put down. We recommend that watering takes place between the hours of 3 am and 10 am. During the middle of the day, water evaporates too fast and cannot be absorbed by your lawn.
Many people believe that watering your lawn at night is the best time, but this is not the case. Watering at night can cause water droplets to cling to blades of grass overnight. This might sound like a good thing but lingering water on your lawn at night can lead to lawn diseases. The water sits on the turf and allows fungi to grow. Watering your lawn during the middle of the day is also one of the worst times to water your lawn. The water will evaporate the second it hits the grass, making your watering efforts worthless.
During the growing season most lawns need around three quarters of an inch to one inch of water per week to maintain the vibrant green color and promote lawn growth say the experts from King Green. An area that is dry and windy like the climate here in Jackson might require a bit more water in order to green up. One easy way to see how much water your lawn is receiving is to set out empty tuna cans and measure how much water is produced in a specific time period. This is an extremely helpful way to see how much water is produced so that you can schedule each zone correctly.
Another rule of thumb for watering is to water long enough to moisten the soil around 6 inches below the surface. 6 inches is about the depth of a healthy grass root system. The best way to see if you have 6 inches of moist dirt is to use a shovel and lift up the sod. If the dirt is moist more than 6 inches down after watering, reduce the time, if it is less than 6 inches, and increase time.
Feel free to give the irrigation experts at the Tree and Landscape Company a call at 307-732-3986 to help set up your irrigation system. We specialize in every aspect of irrigation all the way from installation to scheduling. Our irrigation technicians known the proper watering amounts and times for our area to ensure that your lawn is looking as green as it can be.
Written by Robert Mrdutt
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