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Published on August 5th, 2015 | by Kimberly Myers

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The Right Way to Water Your Lawn

Water makes grass grow, right? Right. But, too much water can be very detrimental to the health of the grass.

Fortunately there are steps you can take to be sure that you are properly watering your lawn.

Here are some tips to ensure that your lawn is getting adequate water.

Too Much Water….

It’s a thing. Here are the signs that your lawn is getting too much water!

  • Your lawn will be soggy even hours after watering
  • You may notice fungus growth(this can also be caused by watering too late in the day)
  • Runoff is occurring
  • If your lawn is wilted, but you water it frequently, you are over watering your lawn.

The Proper Technique

There are certain things that you can do to be sure that you are properly watering your lawn.

When To Water

There are right and wrong times to water. First off, you should only water you lawn when it is needed. Watering while your grass is still wet is not ideal for your lawn. You want to let it dry.

Next, don’t water your lawn while it’s raining. Seems like common sense, but if you have sprinklers on a timer, you may forget to turn them off when it’s raining. You don’t want to be that guy in the neighborhood that wastes water by running sprinklers during rain.

Finally, water as early in the morning as you can. Watering early in the morning allows time for the water to settle in before it would evaporate in the afternoon sun. You might think, why not water at night? Well, if you water at night the water will sit on the grass for quite some time, and since the grass is not getting dried out at all, there is an increased chance that fungus will grow.

How much water should you use? How often?

You shouldn’t water your lawn more than 2-3 times a week,  about a half of a inch of water should be applied each time. Make sure that water is being evenly distributed across your lawn.

If you have a sprinkler, or even if you have a hose a way to test how long it takes to get a half inch of water is to place a dish somewhere in the area that is receiving water and see how long it takes to get a half an inch of water in the container.

Once you know how long it takes you can set the timer on your sprinklers or know roughly how long you need to water your grass for.

 

Make sure that you follow these tips to be sure that your grass is getting a good, healthy amount of water to keep it nice and green!

Bonus!

A test to see if your lawn has had enough water is to see if you can stick a 6″ screw driver into the ground fairly easily, this will show that the water has reached the root systems, which is most important!

 

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