Proper watering of your lawn can improve the quality of your lawn, it’s appearance and conserve water. Too much water and your lawn will be prone to fungus and disease, too little water and it won’t reach the root system.
So how do you find the perfect amount? Here are some tips to follow:
1. Water in the morning - between 4-10am. Afternoon watering will evaporate, and watering in the evening causes the water to cling to the grass overnight and promote fungus growth.
2. 6 inches is the amount of soil you want to moisten. Since each soil is different, the length of time it takes to water 6 inches will vary. Start with 15 minutes and see how far the water has penetrated.
3. No more than 1-3 times per week. Established grass is not like your plants, watering daily will cause over-watering. Ensure your grass has a chance to dry out between waterings.
4. Water uniformly. An oscillating sprinkler or in-ground irrigation system will provide the best coverage.
So how can you tell if your lawn is properly watered? If footprints disappear within a few minutes, your lawn has the right amount of moisture. If they are still there after a half hour or more - head for the hose!
New sod has different, more frequent requirements, it’s always best to check with your landscaping company for advice on caring for new sod.