How to Efficiently Water Your Lawn

Watering your lawn doesn't have to be the nuisance it's often made out to be. With a few adjustments to your current watering routine, you can save time and money while getting back to enjoying your lawn. 
 
The answers to these four questions will help alleviate your watering pain points, and still deliver the needed TLC your lawn needs to stay strong and healthy.

 

When Should I Water My Lawn?

Take advantage of proper timing by watering as early in the morning as possible ' when winds are calmest and temperatures lowest - your grass will have time to soak it all in, resulting in less frequent watering overall. 
 
Reduce your watering schedule to dry spells only. Watering during dry spells helps your lawn withstand drought stress that makes turf vulnerable to dandelions and other weeds, fungi and diseases. Rain water is often sufficient during other times.

How Much Water Does My Lawn Need?

The key to watering your grass is to apply enough water to soak down into the roots. When water drains, the roots of the grass reach down to drink it up, which ultimately strengthens them. The amount of water needed varies with soil and grass types, but a good guide is to apply no more than one inch of water every time. One inch of water is enough to soak the soil as deeply as 10 inches.

How Often Do I Need to Water My Lawn?

If your lawn is well-established, you can water it once or twice each week during dry spells; however, you do not need to water an already healthy lawn during periods of regular rain. As mentioned above, when the water settles deeply into the soil, your grass' roots will reach down. By watering relatively infrequently, you are ensuring that your grass adapts to pulling water from deep beneath the surface of the soil.

How Should I Water My Trees and Shrubs?

When watering trees and shrubs, make sure to aim carefully. There's no point in watering at the trunk of the tree or on its leaves - neither area transports water to the roots. Any water used on those areas is time, money and energy wasted. Watering trees and shrubs beneath the edge of the leaf canopy will ensure that water sinks down into the root system.