Easy To Follow Lawn Watering Tips

Have a new irrigation system and not sure how to make the best of it? Check out these how-to guarantees for a healthy and beautiful lawn with our lawn watering tips! Clearwater Irrigation works to provide professional irrigation maintenance and installation for all your lawn watering needs. Following these tips to ensure that your lawn is supplied with the proper watering will ensure the best results possible. There are multiple factors you should consider when evaluating your irrigation schedule.

  1. How long should I run my irrigation systems?
  2. How much time is needed between applications of water?
  3. Are there any signs your lawn is not receiving proper amounts of water?
  4. When is the best time to water?
  5. How do weather conditions affect the frequency of watering?

Lawn care is an ongoing task that needs general upkeep and specialized attention. No yards are the same in their layout or irrigation schedule. Answering the questions above will ensure you meet your lawn’s water needs.

How Long Should I Run My Irrigation Systems?

Determining your sprinkler system’s exact watering time varies from lawn to lawn. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim for the dispersion of one inch of water per day. Homes and automatic irrigation systems have differences in water pressure and type of sprinkler used. The easiest way to measure your water application rate is by utilizing a rain gauge or household measuring cup. Placing either of these tools on your lawn to estimate how long it takes for them to fill to roughly the one-inch mark will provide you with the ideal water timers for your system.

Determining your ideal average time for irrigation will make sure your lawn will have fewer problems to handle. Excess water can be very problematic for your lawn. Excessive lawn watering can lead to the build-up of fungi and bacteria in your lawn, shallow root systems and higher water bills. Inadequate watering can lead to the death of healthy grass and prevent new grass from growing.

How Much Time is Needed Between Applications of Water?

Spacing out your lawn watering is equally important as determining the correct watering time for your lawn. Allowing the proper periods of time between watering will prevent over or under-watering. The most important factor in spacing out waterings is allowing the soil to dry in between irrigation. Your soil type will determine the amount of rest for your lawn between watering. Check your soil conditions periodically after watering to determine the amount of time needed for your lawn soil to dry. Your soil could dry within one day or may take multiple.

Are there any signs your Lawn is not Receiving Proper Amounts of Water?

After you have set your proper watering time and determined the periods of time between waterings, you should still monitor your lawn for any signs of improper watering. Walking your entire lawn to check for a brown patch, moist soil or uneven watering is important when maintaining your sprinkler systems. Water pooling or excess soil moisture means you should lower your water timers. Signs your lawn is experiencing an absence of water are wilting, footprinting or browning. Footprinting is the inability of your lawn to bounce back from walking the grass. Looking for signs that your lawn is not receiving proper water can help prevent issues that get out of hand.

When is the Best Time to Water?

Lawn watering is best suited for early in the morning. Watering your lawn early in the morning will help your soil to dry throughout the day while preventing evaporation and water loss. Watering during the afternoon, while the day is warmest, will prevent the water from properly absorbing. Improper absorption will waste water resources and increase your water bills. Being mindful of water times will ensure all the water used will be used to benefit your lawn in the most effective manner.

How do Weather Conditions affect the Frequency of Watering?

Weather conditions change throughout the year and equally so should your watering schedules. Changing temperatures and average rainfall affect the amount of water required by your lawn. Temperatures affect the amount of water consumed by your lawn and the rate at which your soil dries.

Higher temperatures will increase the amount of water used by your lawn and increases the speed at which your soil will dry. During warmer periods, you will want to decrease the time between waterings. Cooler temperatures have the reverse effect. During cooler periods, increasing the period of time between watering will prevent overwatering.

Just like temperatures, rainfall affects the amount of water used by your lawn. Periods of high rain reduce the amount of water required from your irrigation system. Adversely, lower rainfall or droughts can cause strain on your lawn and require more water from your irrigation system.

Clearwater Irrigation by Landsburg Landscaping is experienced irrigation professionals and ready to help you with your lawn sprinkler system needs. Whether you are installing a new system, getting ready to open a sprinkler system in Spring, or need to repair your current one, The Clearwater Irrigation team is ready to be at your, and your lawns’, service. Contact us today and have your lawn happy and healthy throughout the warm season!