Watering Best Practices
Watering your lawn is a surprisingly controversial subject in the realm of lawn care; however, among experts there is some agreement upon a few best practices. Before deciding on when and how much to water, there are a few key factors to consider:
- Soil: The texture of your soil determines how much water it absorbs, how deep the water will go and how long the ground will hold it for.
- Landscaping: The plants you have in your yard will affect how you water as well. Some plants need more water and others need less. Root development on new plants is also affected by how you choose to water them.
- Environment: The levels of sun, shade and exposure to harsh weather all play a role in the water needs of your yard. Whether it's extremely sunny or cloudy and windy, the conditions brought on by the climate will always affect your watering patterns.
- Watering System: The ways in which your watering system disperses water affects how much water is absorbed vs. how much runs off or evaporates.
General Rules for Texas Lawns
- Water when the grass is dull to color or footprints show for a long time.
- Generally lawns need 1-1.5 inches of water per week.
- During late fall and winter, water once per week starting at 6am.
- In spring water 2 times per week, depending on the rain, starting at 6am.
- Summer will be hotter, so the grass needs to be watered for longer, twice per week starting at 4am.
- It's okay to let your lawn go dormant, or brown to conserve water during drought or hotter months. The grass will bounce back.
Watering Habits to Avoid
- Do not water between 11am and 3pm, this is the hottest part of the day and it will damage your lawn.
- Avoid watering in the evening.
- Don't overwater. Make sure you set a timer each time you water so that you give your grass the proper amount.
"Avoid watering in the evening. This leads to fungus, especially in St. Augustine." - Tyler Brown, NTL
Overall, watering isn't an exact science, but you want to ensure your grass doesn't become damaged or overrun with fungus. Stick to the basics and you should do well. If you need help determining a watering schedule based on your location, grass type, watering system and daily routine, contact North Texas Lawns for a consulting appointment.
Let us know if you have questions or any more tips or tricks for watering in the comments section.
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