Thirsty lawns

May 18th, 2016: After a rainy week last week (at least 1 1/2″ of rain each night from last Monday to last Friday), we have almost the complete opposite this week: dry weather is in the forecast through next Tuesday. By this point, many of you have a garden or outdoor plants started, plus you are keeping up with keeping your lawn nice and green. This is a good time to get into good habits before the summer starts.

lawn tips

A healthy lawn needs around 1″ of rain or water per week during the spring and summer. Before you drag out the sprinklers, first: make sure to the forecast! If there’s rain coming, hold off on the watering until you see how much rain is coming. 1/2″ in the forecast? Then you only need to add 1/2″ of water to your lawn to help it out.  You can keep track on how much you have watered by putting a container like a coffee can marked to 1″ (or less, if there’s rain in the forecast). Once the water in the can gets to that 1″ mark, turn off the sprinklers and you’re done!

water in the morning

Best time to do this? Early in the morning.  Waiting until later in the day means the sun is more intense, evaporating a lot of the water as it tries to soak in. This means you have to add more water than you need to the lawn, which hurts the environment and your wallet!  You should also add water to the lawn all at once.  Watering a little at a time promotes shallow roots in the grass, which isn’t the best for your lawn.

Remember- if it gets really dry for a while this summer, it’s ok to let your lawn go dormant for a while! It might look a little brown, but it will bounce back once wet weather returns to the forecast. Your lawn won’t be harmed, plus you’ll save a little money by not trying to keep up each week.

– Alex


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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on May 18, 2016

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