How to Properly Water Your Lawn

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    Watering your lawn properly protects the lawn from temperature changes, helps nutrients move through the grass and makes the lawn more durable. During hot summer months, lawns require about 1 inch of water per week, either from rain or irrigation. Under-watering may cause the lawn to go dormant or die. Over-watering will deprive the roots of air, and they will not grow deep enough to stay healthy.

    Read on to learn how to properly water your lawn.

    1. Start the watering season when a few brown blades appear and shoes leave indentations in the grass.

    2. Test your soil if you do not know which type you have. Note that sandy soils absorb water more quickly than clay-based soils. The results will also help determine the best fertilizer to use on your lawn.

    3. Check lawn saturation after watering. Insert a screwdriver into the ground in a few places. If it sinks 6 to 8 inches into the ground, the lawn is sufficiently saturated. If it does not, your water is not reaching the depth required for a healthy lawn.

    4. Irrigate in the morning between 5 and 10 a.m. when less moisture will be lost to heat and wind. If you do not have an underground irrigation system, consider buying a programmable timer from your local home improvement store.

    5. Make sure that your sprinklers are targeting your lawn and not hitting the sidewalk or street.

    6. Irrigate consistently over the entire lawn area. Place bowls or cans at various places on the lawn to determine how much water each area receives from watering.

    7. Monitor rainfall. If you have just had a heavy rain, skip your morning sprinkling.


    • De-thatch your lawn in the spring. Thatch accumulates between grass blades and eventually decomposes. Thatch in excess of ¼-inch prevents water from penetrating the lawn.

    • Aerate the lawn every couple of years to loosen soil and facilitate moisture penetration.

    Image Credit: fortun8
    Written By: Shannon R

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