Proper watering techniques guarantee the health and beauty of your lawn. These techniques depend on season, types of plants and your soil type.
- The amount of moisture a plant receives will affect its appearance. Yellow, drooping leaves indicate over-watering, while grayish leaves and wilting indicate under-watering. Leaving footprints in the grass is also a sign of under-watering.
- The best time to water is early in the morning, before 10 a.m. because evaporation occurs less during these hours. Watering during the night can encourage fungal infestations.
- Generally, lawns need one to two inches of water weekly – including rainfall. Keep in mind clay soils need less water than sandy soils.
- Leaving grass clippings on your lawn has its benefits, but when thatch starts to build up at a height more than half an inch, it’s time to dethatch your lawn. This allows water access to the roots of your grass rather than just slide on the surface.
Conserving water is an important aspect of lawn care. Check your watering equipment often to ensure it’s working properly. Broken sprinklers or hoses waste water. Consider installing an automatic irrigation system, since these require less water. If you’re using sprinklers, make sure it is not hitting the pavement, driveway, or sidewalks. Another option is to mix soil polymers or mulch with your soil, which help retain moisture needed by your plants.