Best Practices for Watering Your Lawn in Summer
As the summer temperatures start to climb, you may be more inclined to start watering your lawn more frequently.
If you are doing that, then stop. Just because temperatures increase, it doesn’t mean that your lawn needs more water. Your grass still only needs about 1-1.5 inches of water per week, even if it is quite warm outside.
Here are some tips for watering your lawn in the summer if you’re located in the Brazos Valley areas of College Station and Bryan.
Watering Your Lawn Too Much Can Cause Diseases to Form
When your grass receives too much water, it can’t absorb it all quickly enough and stays moist. That moisture then provides the ideal environment for diseases such as brown patch to begin forming. Brown patch is a fungal disease that can rapidly spread and kill your lawn. It can show up overnight and begin to destroy your grass.
Getting rid of brown patch requires fungicide treatments, and your lawn will also need to be repaired in the places where brown patch has struck.
Make Sure to Water Your Lawn at the Proper Time
If you’re watering your lawn in the afternoon, then your lawn more than likely isn’t getting enough water. During the warmest parts of the day, water will evaporate much more quickly. Conversely, it also isn’t a good idea to water your lawn in the evenings as the water will sit there all night and create that ideal moist environment for diseases to form.
The best time of day to water your lawn is during the early mornings, preferably before 10:00 AM. This allows the water to keep your grass cool all day. You also only need to water your lawn 2-3 times per week, not every day. This allows the grass roots to grow deeper into the soil. More frequent waterings mean that your grass is more likely to develop short, weak root systems and be more susceptible to disease.
Another way to keep your lawn strong is to ensure your lawn is getting the right fertilizer treatments. With our treatments that also include weed control and fungicide, we at Greener LawnScapes can help your lawn reach the optimal health it needs to have.
How to Tell if Your Lawn Is Getting Enough Water
The easiest way to tell if your lawn is getting enough water is to perform the 6-inch test. Take a screwdriver and push it 6 inches into the soil. If it slides in easily, your lawn is getting enough water. If it’s difficult to push the screwdriver in, then your grass will need more watering.
To measure how long you should run your irrigation system, set cans outside in your lawn and see how long it takes for an inch of water to accumulate in them. Also, make sure that water is not running off your lawn and going down the street. You don’t want to be paying the water bill for watering the street.
Are you concerned about the health of your lawn?
At Greener LawnScapes, lawn health is our specialty. We work with lawns all throughout the Brazos Valley including College Station and Bryan to get them growing to optimal health. Our services include fertilization, weed control, fungicide, insecticide, and more. Give us a call today at (979) 750-9545 to set up an initial estimate!