PROPER WATERING IS CRUCIAL FOR A HEALTHY LAWN DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
In order to keep your lawn thick, green and healthy during the warmer summer months, you need to keep it actively growing. To ensure active growth, one thing is essential: water.
Without the proper amount of water, lawns are more likely to fall victim to stress. In addition, water-deprived lawns have more trouble fighting off weeds than lawns that are well-watered.
Remember, however, that it is possible for your lawn to get too much of a good thing. Overwatered lawns may look green and healthy, but they often suffer from shallow root systems which may inhibit future growth.
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
Most lawns require from 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week to stay healthy. By using a rain gauge, available at most gardening stores, you can measure the amount of rainwater your lawn is getting per week. If rainfall isn’t providing your lawn with the required 1 to 1.5 inches, you’ll need to step in with some supplemental watering.
ARE THERE ANY VISUAL CUES?
Under most circumstances, your lawn’s appearance will also dictate when to water. You should water within one day if you notice any of the following:
• Grass is turning purple-blue and wilting.
• Footprints remain on the lawn.
• Grass blades are folded or rolled.
WHAT ABOUT AN AUTOMATIC SYSTEM?
With an automatic system, you’ll never forget to water. In addition, in-ground systems enable you to take advantage of those times of day when the water pressure is highest. But whether yours is an automatic or manual system, remember that providing your lawn with enough water is a top priority during hot and dry periods.