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Is Your Lawn Getting the Right Amount of Water?

At Weed Man, we understand that watering is more of an art than a science. To help you overcome your water woes, we’ve put together a quick guide featuring some of our most frequently asked questions when it comes to irrigation. Read on below as we explore the “dos” and “don’ts” of watering to ensure that your lawn stays well-hydrated in the face of extreme outdoor temperatures.

How Often Should I Water?

Do: Deliver water deeply and infrequently to encourage a healthy root system. This can be accomplished by watering an area of the lawn for 45 minutes to an hour using your sprinkler system. A deep, even soak should create enough of a moisture reserve in the soil that you will not have to water the lawn again for several days. 

Don’t: Water the lawn with several light sprinklings.

When Should I Water?

Do: Water your lawn in the early morning while the air is still cool.

Don’t: Water in the afternoon or evening. Afternoon watering causes water to evaporate too quickly, while evening watering promotes extended leaf wetness and the spread of turf disease.

How Much Water Does My Lawn Need?

Do: Lawns generally require about 1-1.5 inches of water per week to thrive. Pay attention to factors such as temperature, sunlight and natural rainfall patterns in your area. Hotter, drier weather may demand more frequent watering, while an influx of rain may require you to scale back your watering practices accordingly.

Don’t: Water for the sake of watering. Overwatering is detrimental to your lawn’s health and can contribute to the development of fungus and disease.

How Should I Set Up My Sprinkler?

Do: Position your sprinkler so that water reaches as much turf as possible.

Don’t: Give the driveway, road, fence, or neighbor’s yard a bath. In addition to being wasteful, incorrect sprinkler positioning may lead to dry, brown spots on your lawn due to uneven distribution of moisture.

How Will I Know if My Lawn Needs More Water?

Do: Pay close attention to any changes in your lawn’s appearance. When your grass needs water, it will take on a bluish-gray tint. Footprints will also make a more visible mark on the lawn. When this occurs, water immediately regardless of the time of day.

Don’t: Ignore changes in color, consistency or thickness of your lawn.  

More questions about watering your lawn? Contact Weed Man Minneapolis today at (651) 393-7817.