Keeping your lawn happy and healthy requires many elements, and one of those key elements is water. Watering your lawn can be a delicate task—too much water isn’t good, but too little water also isn’t good.
A lot goes into watering your lawn. Here’s a guide to how you can make sure you’re properly watering your Kentucky lawn in the areas of Bowling Green, Plum Springs, Smiths Grove, and surrounding communities.
Getting the Right Amount of Water for Your Grass
What is the right amount of water for your grass? Most lawns only need about an inch to an inch and a half of water per week, year-round. Too much water ends up creating a moist environment that is perfect for fungal disease to begin growing, while not enough water means your grass could go dormant and turn brown. It’s important to get a routine going when it comes to watering your lawn. Note that if you have a new lawn, whether through sod or seeding, the watering process will be different.
There’s really no set time for how long you should water your grass. It comes down to how long it takes for your particular equipment to distribute one inch of water across your lawn. You can measure this with rain gauges, or even try using empty tuna cans distributed around the grass. Tuna cans are an inch tall and you can time it to see how long it takes to fill them up while watering.
The Best Time to Water Your Lawn
We don’t recommend watering your lawn at night. There’s no way for your lawn to dry at night, which again means there’s an ideal environment for fungal disease. The best time to try and water your lawn is early in the morning before the sun is at full strength and evaporates water more quickly. There’s also usually less of a breeze in the early morning.
Keeping your watering time to early morning helps you save on your water bill since there is less evaporation and more water going directly to your lawn. Note that you may need to water more often in times of extreme heat to help cool off your grass.
Water 2-3 times a week instead of at one time, as this spreads out the watering and gives your grass a chance to establish deeper roots.
Check Your Soil to Make Sure It’s Absorbing the Water
The easiest way to ensure your soil is getting enough water is to try and push a screwdriver six inches into the ground. If it slides in easily, then your soil is moist enough. If it’s difficult to push the screwdriver in, then your lawn needs more watering time.
It’s also possible that your soil is compacted, which means your lawn needs aeration done to help loosen up the soil and get more light, air, and water to roots. If water isn’t absorbing and begins running down the street, then that’s a good sign your soil is compacted.
Monitoring Automatic Sprinklers, Checking Brown Grass, & More Tips
If you have automatic sprinklers set up, it’s vital to check those regularly for any broken irrigation heads. If they’re spraying in the wrong direction, then you could end up paying the water bill for watering the street or your neighbor’s lawn, which isn't something you want to end up doing.
Check any patches of brown grass. If those patches don’t improve with regular watering, it’s possible that your grass has a fungal disease or insect infestation. We at Spring View Lawns can come out and help you assess the situation and figure out how to move on from there.
The type of soil and grass you have can also affect all of these issues, so consult with us to discuss what the best process is for your grass.
Is your lawn not as happy and healthy as you’d like it to be? Contact us.
At Spring View Lawns, we perform many services for your lawn, including mowing, aeration, sod, seeding, and more. Give us a call at (270) 594-0586 to set up an estimate!