Summer Lawn Watering: Best Ways To Water Your Lawn
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Kerry Tai - July 25, 2014

Hot summer temperatures can dehydrate your lawn causing your lawn to appear unhealthy. Proper lawn watering procedures are needed to maintain color, resilience, and root development. To achieve a healthy lawn, water your lawn regularly to help develop moisture and nutrients in the roots.

Proper Lawn Watering Procedures

For healthy growth, a lawn requires 1-2 inches of water per week depending on the grass type and to a depth of 6 inches in the soil. With summer heat, additional water is recommended due to strong sunlight. If summer lawn watering is not implemented, signs of wilt and bluish green grass will appear on your lawn, and grass blades will begin to curl up. Footprints that stay on your lawn are also symptoms of poor watering procedures.

Although you can water your lawn any time of the day, morning watering is most efficient. Morning hours will reduce the water loss from evaporation. The ideal time for morning lawn watering is before 9 A.M.  Try not to water your lawn at night. Watering your lawn at night will increase the development of lawn diseases, and attract pests and insects to your lawn.

Watering Suggestions

The most common method for watering your lawn is purchasing a sprinkler. You want to have a sprinkler in correspondence to the size and shape of your lawn. Below is a list of various sprinklers:

  • Stationary sprinklers – used to water small patches or specific areas of your lawn
  • Rotary and impact sprinklers – used for medium to large lawns in a circular motion
  • Oscillating sprinklers – produces a fan of water for a rectangular area

It is important to check your sprinkler system to avoid watering other areas such as your driveway, patio, or sidewalk. For additional tips and procedures for watering your lawn, contact your local Lawn Doctor for more information.