How is your lawn looking this summer? I hope it's lush and healthy. But if it's not, you may want to look at your watering routine. If you water your lawn with a garden hose instead of a sprinkler, there are some things you can do to ensure that you're giving it the water it needs to thrive. Discover four tips that can help you water your lawn like a pro. Enjoy!
- Water Your Lawn at an Optimal Time. The most optimal time to water your lawn is in the morning between the hours of six and ten o'clock. This allows your grass to absorb all of the water you sprinkle onto it. When you water your lawn in the late morning or early afternoon, a large amount of the water evaporates in the heat before it can be absorbed into the ground. If you're not a morning person, you may try to water your lawn at night. But if you water it too late, there's a chance that mildew or fungus may develop, so watering your lawn in the morning is your best bet!
- Choose the Right Nozzle Setting on Your Hose. The nozzle on your garden hose can help you to apply the proper amount of water to your grass in an even way. For example, the "shower" setting on your nozzle is designed to evenly distribute water. Today, there are hose nozzles available with several settings that allow you to distribute water any way you want.
- Check Your Watering Work. The water you put on your lawn should travel down about eight inches into the ground. As you move over the lawn with your hose, you should allow the water enough time to soak into the ground as you go. If you see water pooling in the grass, then you're applying too much in one area. After watering, wait thirty minutes and use a shovel to dig a hole eight inches deep in one area of your lawn. If the dirt in the hole is moist, it means your watering routine is working. You can dig two or three holes around your lawn to ensure proper water distribution. Remember to fill in the holes after you conduct your test!
- Keep Track of Rainfall. In order to thrive, a lawn needs about an inch to an inch and a half of water per week. To avoid over-watering, you have to take the weather into account. You may have a drought in your area, or perhaps you get a lot of rain on a regular basis. One way to tell for sure if your lawn is getting an adequate amount of water is to put a rain gauge into the ground. I like a rain gauge with big numbers so I can see exactly how much rainfall we've had in a single glance. If the rain gauge has an inch of water in it, then your lawn has received its quota. Of course, you have to remember to empty your rain gauge each week so you can get an accurate reading.
Good luck with your lawn-tending efforts, and thanks for reading! - Alan