How to water your lawn effectively

To be honest, I don’t usually have to give watering advice in May (and this probably doesn’t bode well for Summer). However, we’ve only seen about a half inch of rain in Rockford since the beginning of the month!

Before you set the sprinkler out, consider some tips. In most circumstances, your grass will be much greener and healthier if you just pay attention to a few things.

When you set your sprinkler out for the first time, put a bowl of water within the range of the sprinkler. You should water about an inch at a time which means when an inch of water has accumulated in the bowl, you’re probably good to go. Make sure you pay attention to how much time it takes your sprinkler to fill that bowl to an inch. This is how long you should set your egg timer every time.

Only water your lawn in the morning. Watering in the afternoon means that most of the water is evaporated due to the strong sun (and stronger wind during the day). It’s best to water right around sunrise because the water is able to soak into the roots and your grass actually does its growing in the morning.

Water about an inch a week. Using the bowl trick, this means you’ll only need to water once a week…unless we get really, super dry. And be sure to give a good soaking less frequently. Sprinkling a little bit, more often won’t do your lawn much work.

Another tip is to raise your mower’s blade just a bit. Keeping your grass a little longer will allow it to remain healthier under stressful conditions.

Finally, don’t water your rain when we have rain in the forecast! You will be wasting water and your wallet will be a little thicker when the city water bill arrives. -ES


Posted under drought, going green, news, rain, science, sunlight, weather geek

This post was written by qni_it on May 23, 2012

3 Comments so far

  1. Robb in Belvidere May 24, 2012 1:28 PM

    ” … Finally, don’t water your rain when we have rain in the forecast! … ”

    Why would I water my rain at all? 🙂 It’s rain – it’s as wet as it can get.

  2. Ewald Complete Lawn Care May 24, 2012 3:10 PM

    Eric, You give great advice! We tell our customers to water “a lot infrequently”.
    Thank you for educating everyone on the proper way to water.

  3. Sara May 24, 2012 5:51 PM

    Maybe it’s time to take down the “Winter Probability Scale” in the right-hand column, no? Thank you.

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