As spring is in full force, we often encounter clients with questions about how to water their lawn to achieve the healthiest yard with the greenest grass. While regular mowing intervals, fertilizing, aerating, and pest control all prove to be an important part of lawn maintenance, watering your lawn properly is essential to its vitality. So, how can you make sure that your lawn is getting enough water throughout the growing season? And what are some signs of overwatering and underwatering your lawn? Well, we have the answers to those questions as well as additional lawn watering tips listed below. As always, count on the team here at Prestige Lawncare to mow and maintain your lawn — we provide services for our neighbors throughout Randleman, Greensboro, High Point, and beyond.
Lawn Watering Guidelines
Here in North Carolina, we get a fair share of rain, thanks to our humid climate. However, we can certainly see streaks of drought throughout the year, which means that you may have to turn on the sprinklers or grab the hose. Since our rainfall can be erratic, it’s a good idea to install a rain gage in the yard to track how much rain your lawn is receiving. Most lawn grasses here in the area should get about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week at the least. Take a look at the measurement of rainfall received every week and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
When you do have to resort to turning on the sprinklers or grabbing the hose to water the lawn yourself, be mindful that you still shouldn’t water your lawn every day. Be sure to wait a couple of days in between watering intervals (or rainfalls) to let the soil dry out. Otherwise, you could end up with a fungal problem or oversaturated blades of grass.
If you’re turning your sprinklers on to water your lawn, you should plan on watering it until the soil is fully saturated. Most lawns can be saturated with a watering cycle of 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the soil, the amount of shade, the type of grass, and the slope of the lawn. If you’d like specific advice for your lawn, feel free to ask us — we’d be happy to take a look!
Signs of Over- and Underwatering
You should always be mindful of overwatering and underwatering, both of which can kill off the grass of your lawn. If you’re overwatering your yard, you may see water pooling on its surface. In addition, the blades of grass of your lawn will be squishy and wet to the touch. You may also see fungal growth throughout the lawn which can lead to further problems, and your grass may eventually turn brown. If you walk on an overwatered lawn, it may feel squishy underfoot, and you may even see water rise out of the soil as you walk.
If your lawn is underwatered, the blades of grass will wilt, turning yellow and then brown. You can dig into the soil of your lawn to test if it is well-watered. If you can press a screwdriver into the soil easily, then it has sufficient water. If it is difficult to do so, then you’re not watering your lawn enough, making the soil dry and compacted.
When to water your lawn: While you may be tempted to water your lawn at night when temperatures are their coolest (to ensure that water reaches the soil) or during the height of the day when temperatures are their hottest (to cool down your lawn), you should actually water your lawn in the early morning for the best results. Early morning watering cycles will provide the water with adequate time to leech into the soil, yet the soil will still have time to dry throughout the day (which will reduce the likelihood of fungal growth and other pests).
If you water at night, you could put your lawn at risk of attracting pests. On the other hand, if you water your lawn during the hottest time of the day, you’ll lose much of the water you use to evaporation, which means that your grass might not get enough water, and your watering bill will be higher.
Watering techniques: While you can hand water, use a sprinkler system, or set up a mobile sprinkler that you can move to water your lawn, it’s best to ensure that your lawn receives a consistent amount of water across its surface. Keep an eye out for dry patches or puddles of water, and adjust how your lawn is watered accordingly.
Call on Prestige Lawncare
For lawn care throughout the growing season, you can count on the crew here at Prestige Lawncare, and we’d be happy to help you to decide on a watering pattern that will work well for your lawn. Beyond that, we provide lawn mowing services and core aeration services, so you know that your lawn will look its best. Give us a call to get started. Again, we work with folks throughout Randleman, Greensboro, High Point, and beyond. Feel free to take at our full service area.