Are You Doing It Right?
Once you become a homeowner, having a nice lawn brings a certain sense of pride. No one wants to be that house on the block with the either overgrown or completely dead-looking grass surrounding their otherwise lovely home. A simple way to keep your lawn looking fresh and well cared for is to ensure you’re watering it properly. With the humidity of the Florida climate, you may think you don’t need to pay much attention to how irrigated your lawn is, however, even Floridians have to focus on proper lawn watering and care to keep their grass looking its best.
Enough or Too Much?
Watering is crucial to maintaining a healthy lawn, nearly no matter where you live. But figuring out the right amount of water your lawn needs can be tricky. You’d expect with the heat of the summer that your grass can’t get enough as temperatures soar into the triple digits. However, you may be watering your lawn too much and stifling its ability to thrive. As a general rule, you should give your lawn ½ to ¾ of an inch of water every 2-3 days during its active growth – meaning during the warmer months. When it’s colder outside, your lawn only needs this much about every 10 to 14 days to keep it healthy. Over watering can lead to a myriad of problems include general waste and damaging the root system of your lawn.
The time you choose to water can also have an impact on your lawn. Ideally, you’ll want to water in the early morning before the sun has had a chance to heat up the environment. Picking a time in the midafternoon means that you’ll just be wasting water because the temperature causes it to evaporate more quickly, leaving your grass thirsty! Watering at night is also a terrible idea. If evaporation is bad, no evaporation is even worse. Watering at night can cause root rot through bacterial and fungal infections which will kill off healthy grass. If you’re using a system like rotor zones or spray zones to keep your grass quenched, be sure that you have rain gauges and shutoff devices installed to prevent overwatering.
How to Get It Right
Dialing in on the right amount of water for your lawn depends on a number of factors – the season, the position of the sun, how much it rains, and more. But consistency is key! Here are some tips for getting it right when it comes to keeping your grass watered properly:
- Don’t water more than twice a week. You don’t need to water every day! Grass is more resilient than the rest of your landscaping. Watering your lawn about twice a week is plenty to keep it healthy. Focus on fewer but effective waterings for your lawn.
- Aim for six inches of saturation. This is about the depth of a healthy root system, so you’ll be getting the entire plant.
- Go easy on new grass. With new grass, only try to get the top inch of soil wet but not saturated. Also, go easy on the pressure you use to water. You don’t want to wash any seed away when you’re starting out.
Just focusing on proper lawn watering unfortunately isn’t enough to keep your property in peak condition. Other factors like pests and weeds can wreak havoc on your lawn even if you’re following all the proper protocol elsewhere. That’s where something like Turf Care comes into play. Impact Pest Control offers the Turf Care service as a way to ensure your lawn is lush and green and not overrun by anything that can take away from its natural beauty. Our services allow plants to grow healthy and meet the expectations of homeowners – this includes grass! Lawns also need fertilization and nutrients to create an environment that prevents pest infestations and reduces weed problems. Turf Care uses methods to treat your lawn and surrounding shrub areas with solutions that will prevent pests and weeds, ensuring that everything else you’re doing to keep your lawn happy is not in vain.