5 Tips To A Lush Lawn Even If You Don't Have A Lot Of Time

As the days grow longer and the warmer temperatures stick around, you're probably hoping for a lush lawn - but who wants to spend their days watering lawns? Too many lawns are either over-watered, which can lead to drowning and disease, or they are insufficiently watered which leads to wilting and withering. Either case can lead to dead patches which will spread if left unchecked. Here are 5 tips for keeping your lawn properly and adequately watered.

Water Early In The Morning

Watering in the evening can leave lawns and gardens saturated through the night leading to fungus and mold, while watering in the mid afternoon may be ineffective or wasteful due to excessive evaporation. Watering in the morning allows the plants to absorb some water and gives the sun time to dry the leaves and lawn so mold and mildew don't take hold.

Slow and Steady

It can be tempting to put a little extra water on before you go to the cottage for the weekend or away on vacation for a week, but it may do more harm than good. If the plants are left sitting in water they may be at risk of disease and fungus attack. Also, if a lawn is watered too often the plant roots will not grow deep and the lawn will not be as resistant to disease and drought. It is a delicate balance to water often enough so the plants do not wither, but not so often that the lawn is perpetually wet, or the roots remain shallow.

Waters Run Deep

Although it is important to not overwater, it is important to understand that lawns do need a lot of water. We don't want to water until there are puddles or the soil has turned to mud, but we want the lawn to be watered enough. Lawns can take up to 1.5" of water each week, which is a significant amount of water. We don't want to provide all of this at once, nor do we want to only water a little bit at a time. Lawns should be watered 2-3 times per week and saturated enough so that the top several inches of the soil are moist. This will help promote deep root growth leading to a much healthier lawn.

Give It A Good Start

Recently sodded or seeded areas of your lawn require additional care. Usually these areas will require daily watering for the first week or more after they are in place, tapering off as the sod or seeds are fully established. Keeping the first inch of soil consistently moist will help to get those seedlings going.

Invest In A Sprinkler System

Want to save time and stop the guessing? Have you considered an inground irrigation system from Nutri-Lawn Burlington Irrigation? Investing in our systems gives you a customized, programmable inground irrigation system. Sensors can detect moisture in the soil and even track pending rainfall so you don't waste water or leave your lawn parched. Want to water early in the morning - set the timer and forget about it! Plus many more advantages. For more information on how our systems can help you, contact us today!