Recommendations for Watering Following a Seeding to Maximize Results:
Recommendations for Watering During the Lawn Care Season:
So, as a starting point, water every other day only between the hours of 2am and 10am. Water 20 minutes when the temperatures are in the 60s (generally before Memorial Day), 30 minutes when they’re in the 70s (generally between Memorial Day and Independence Day), 40 minutes when in the 80s (generally between Independence Day and Labor Day) and 50 minutes when we have sustained 90 degree weather that lasts more than two days (generally late July and August). Now, these recommendations are for rotating sprinkler heads that most of us have on our lawns. If you have sections with mist heads, they put out substantially more water over less square footage, so cut the times in half. Tree and shrub zones also require half as much water due to the plant’s ability to store water (grass cannot) and their more extensive root system that can find moisture much deeper down than grass plants.
Now, for the customization part. Once you set your system, walk your lawn periodically. Make sure that it’s dry to the touch at dinner time on a watering day. If it’s damp, then it’s too much water. Turn that zone down by 5 minute increments until you reach a point where it’s dry at 5pm. If you see foot prints in a green lawn, or brown in high stress areas such as around a tree, or along pavement, go up 5 minutes in that zone.
Now, for those clients that have not yet invested in permanent, in ground irrigation, you are going to need to water using some type of above ground sprinkler. The best recommendation we have is a sprinkler that can be set on a faucet mounted timer, and can move along the hose (it’s called walking, but it’s really rolling). That way, you can set the timer to run early in the am while you’re asleep and water pressure is good, and can move across the lawn without you having to manage it. It takes the work out of the process and dramatically improves results. These types of sprinklers are available online and can be purchased, along with the faucet mounted timer, for under $100 total. Ask us about it and we can give you more specifics on online sites to purchase, brands and how to use and set up.
At times, clients may experience moss or mushrooms that is a side effect of too much water but isn’t directly related to watering. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, contact our office and we’d be happy to discuss this with you further.
A client that understands the needs of watering, and proactively works to get comfortable making periodic adjustments, will often achieve their desire results more quickly and be more satisfied with the overall condition of their lawn.