Good soil structure and a healthy soil food web will promote a healthy lawn that requires less watering. If you feel you need to water your lawn, here are some tips from our landscapers.
Mow your lawn higher. Longer blades of grass will mean deeper rooted lawns that are more resistant to dry weather.
Water your lawn in the morning.
Have a sprinkler that sprays water in an even pattern and provides a uniform amount to the entire lawn.
Sunny lawns, south or west facing slopes and highly fertilized lawns will need to be watered more frequently.
Newly planted lawns need more water because their root system is not developed yet.
Water long enough for the soil to be moist 6 inches deep to promote deeper roots. (You may have to dig a hole once to see how long that takes)
How often you need to water your lawn depends on your site’s conditions and weather. In general, that might mean watering once a week if you have clay soil or 3 times a week if you have sandy soil. Check the soil to see if you need to water.
Remember that too much water for a lawn can be just as bad for a lawn as not enough water.
Northern grasses are drought tolerant and will green up naturally as the weather cools and more frequent rain occurs. If you decide to start watering during a dry period you should continue to water your lawn regularly throughout the dry period.