Planting flowers, picking up sticks, mowing the grass – these are just a few of the ways we make our yards look presentable to the public. Another common strategy is watering the lawn. Water helps grass maintain its green and lush appearance, and let’s face it, green grass is simply more pleasant to look at than a brown, dried-out yard. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should drench your lawn with water. Over-watering can be just as bad, if not worse, for your grass than watering too little. The key to keeping your yard looking healthy and well-cared for is knowing when to turn on the sprinkler and when to simply let nature take care of itself.
Along with a change in color, signs that indicate when your lawn needs water include footprints and curled blades of grass. When you step on grass, it should “bounce” back, leaving no trace of anyone walking on the lawn. If your yard goes too long without water, however, the grass will start to lose its resiliency and footprints will remain visible for longer periods of time. Pay close attention to your lawn and take action when your grass seems to be stressed.
When it is time for you to water the yard, do so early in the morning. The best time for watering is between 6 and 10 a.m., as there is less wind and sun. Early to mid-afternoon, on the other hand, is the worst time because the water will simply blow away or evaporate before it can sink down to the roots.
There is no hard and fast rule telling you how often your lawn should be watered. It depends on the season, where you live and how often it rains. To prevent over-watering, pay attention to your grass and look for signs that indicate you should turn on the sprinkler.
Homestead Gardens offers many high-quality sprinklers to make watering your lawn an easy, efficient process. Learn more about lawn care by visiting our site today!