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Watering an Established Lawn

Watering an Established Lawn

Key Takeaway:

Lawns require an average of 1-2 inches of water per week

Proper watering is essential for a healthy lawn

There is no question that water is essential for our survival and the survival of all living things. Our lawns are just the same when it comes to their need for water.

Turf grass is a living plant composed of 80 percent water and the absorption of nutrients, photosynthesis and many other important processes depend on sufficient watering. We are going to provide some useful tips and general information on how to water an established lawn for optimal results.

 

How often does a lawn need to be watered?

It’s important to note that your lawn is going to need at least 1-2 inches of water every single week. This can be provided by rainfall or irrigation when rainfall is insufficient. Certain locations, seasons and soil types will depend on irrigation more than others. It is recommended that you water deeply and infrequently to promote healthy root growth rather than frequently and lightly.

 

What time of day should I water my lawn?

The recommended time of day to water a lawn is between four and eight in the morning. Watering in the middle of the night can invite fungus and disease, while watering in the middle of the day can be wasteful due to evaporation. Watering in early morning is advised for optimal efficiency.

Avoid overwatering

While the importance of watering is stressed it is also important to not overwater your lawn. Overwatering a lawn can leave the When you overwater your lawn can leave a lawn prone to fungus, disease and even cause death from drowning. Proper watering, while avoiding overwatering is encouraged.

Other important facts to consider

Sandy soils are going to have a harder time holding water, while clay soils will absorb the water at a slower rate. If you have a deep rooted lawn, it will handle harsh conditions much better than shallow lawn. Areas with shade will need less water, while areas around trees will need more water. Compact soil and standing watering should be corrected immediately. See Liquid Soil Loosener for more details.


General Water requirements according to each Grass Type

Grass Type Low Watering Moderate Watering Frequent Watering

Annual Ryegrass

Bahia

Bentgrass (Creeping)

Bermuda

Centipede

Fine Fescue (Chewings)

Fine Fescue (Red)

Fine Fescue (Hard)

Kentucky Bluegrass

Perennial Ryegrass

St. Augustine

Tall Fescue

Zoysia



Symptoms of a poorly watered lawn

Wilting

Slow Spring Back

Mowing Tracks

Lack of overall health


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