Summer is here and this means lawns and plants are back in full bloom; however, they may be struggling in the hot summer heat. To help prevent your lawn and plants from fading in the summer heat and keep them plush, green and blooming all summer long, it’s important to practice good summer watering techniques.
Here are summer watering techniques from The Grounds Guys® to help you keep your lawns and plants healthy:
- Water your lawn during the early morning hours typically between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Watering your lawn in the heat of the day can cause water loss through evaporation and watering it in the even could result in water staying on the blades which can result in lack of water absorption.
- Check the weather before watering. Avoid watering on windy days, even if temperatures are mild, since winds can prevent even water distribution.
- Know the needs of your region. The region you live in can determine the amount of water your lawn and plants need. In general, lawns require one of water per week. However, your region has clay soil, less water may be required, and in dry, windy climates, greater amounts of water may be needed.
- Water your outdoor plants in the early morning hours between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., just like your lawn. Water your plants at the base where the plant meets the soil. This allows the roots to receive the bulk of the moisture and prevents the foliage from being damaged.
- Never oversaturate your plants. Too much water can actually cause your plants to lose nutrients and promote the spread of disease.
- Don’t forget to mulch! Mulch is a great way to reduce surface runoff and slow evaporation of the water in your soil. Using soaker hoses is a great option to use with plants instead of sprinklers.
By applying these summer watering techniques, you and your family can enjoy a green, healthy lawn all summer long. Have a fun and safe summer!