Homeowners looking to keep their lawn green and vibrant know that it’s no easy task, with aerating, seeding and watering skills all vital aspects of keeping their curb appeal intact.
Realtor.com’s Lawn Lover’s Guide recently explained some of the intricacies of lawn care, noting that it’s important to provide enough water to ensure the grasses’ roots aren’t too shallow. Otherwise, the growth of the grass might be stunted, making it difficult to survive disease or severe temperatures.
The ideal time to water a lawn is between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the morning, realtor.com said.
“There are a lot of people who are surprised to find out that watering your lawn at the wrong time of day can have such an impact,” Don Botts, the president of Quality All-Care Services in Bonner Springs, Kansas, told realtor.com. “Watering at night often means that water will sit on your grass overnight, which can lead to disease.”
Lawn experts also advise against watering the grass when it’s too hot, as this will cause the water to evaporate too fast before it can penetrate into the roots.
However, gardeners should also take care not to soak their lawns too much, as this can also cause problems. Chris Bartells, the owner of Green Mountain Turf Sprinkler Repair in Lakewood, Colorado, told realtor.com that it’s a good idea to place empty cans near sprinklers if you use them, and check to see how much water is emitted over a 15 minute period.
“Measure how many inches of water is in each can, using a ruler,” Bartells said. “Average that by the amount of time you ran your system, and you should end up with a pretty good estimate of how long your lawn needs to be watered to get the full inch or two of water that it needs [per week].”