How to Effectively Water Your Lawn
An attractive yard adds to your home’s curb appeal, and watering it correctly is essential in the warmer months. Here are a few ideas for making the most of both your water and your lawn.
Including rainfall, lawns need about an inch of water per week to stay green during summer. While it may seem logical to water your lawn daily for short spurts, it’s actually better to water deeply and less often. Your grass achieves a root system that goes deeper than the roots of weeds; then the weeds die when the ground dries out, leaving only lush green grass.
When to water.
The magic hour for watering is in the early morning, when water demand is low. After 10 a.m., summer heat can steal moisture from the lawn through evaporation. Only water when your lawn needs it. For example, if your grass doesn’t spring up after you walk on it, or if it starts to curl, turn on the sprinklers. Grass on sunny southern sides of a home will need more watering than shady areas and lawns with northern exposures. Of course, after a heavy rain you should skip watering until your grass needs it again.
Speaking of sprinklers.
Many sprinklers have multiple settings. Set yours to throw larger drops of water semi-laterally. The high, fine mists tend to evaporate too quickly. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, don’t forget to check the heads every now and then to be sure they haven’t veered off to water the side of your home or driveway.
With a little effort, you can keep your lawn looking great all summer long. For even more helpful advice, be sure to contact TruGreen for a healthy lawn.
American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information.
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