It is important to keep a happy and healthy lawn for most homeowners, as neglecting your lawn can decrease your property value and even harm your relations with your neighbors. Grass is not that challenging to maintain and only requires mild fertilizers twice a year and some occasional weeding once established. Where many homeowners fall short is either overwatering or underwatering their lawns.
Problems with Over and Under Watering
Underwatering your lawn can cause numerous problems including:
– Dry and scorched lawn
– Patchy lawn
– Growth of Weeds that are drought resistant
Overwatering your lawn can cause problems such as:
– Soggy lawn that becomes thin
– Dead patches where pools of water congregate
– Mud build up that limits the ability for grass to hold on
Homeowners will want to avoid adding too much or too little water, which can be challenging when the various area you live in is overly hot and dry, or wet. Understanding how much you should water your lawn will help you to manage its watering levels more appropriately.
How Much Water for Proper Lawn Care?
Proper lawn care requires a base amount of water that needs to be adjusted based on the various factors in your environment. As a general rule of thumb, you should be applying approximately an inch of water each week to your lawn. Of course, this one inch per week should be decreased by any amounts of rain during the week. Conversely, if it is overly hot, it is a good idea to add some water to the week. Further, patches of your lawn that are covered by shade can receive less water than those that are hit by the sun all day long.
Not Just Quantity but Timing as Well
It is recommended that you schedule the sprinklers or water applications to turn on early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is not at its peak strength. Watering at this time of day will lead to the water you are applying not evaporating before it is absorbed into the lawn.
Lawn care is not too difficult. Use the rule of one inch per week and help to keep your lawn healthy and strong.