Good Lawn Watering on a consistent schedule works well. It makes it harder to forget to water your lawn and it helps you follow the designated watering scheduled placed by the city of Austin. However, be conscious and considerate of your grass’ response to this given schedule.
Here are some good lawn watering tips to get your through:
- When and how you water your lawn is the most important factor in the quality of your yard. The industry standard for amount of water your lawn needs is roughly an inch of water per week or 1/2 an inch twice per week, whether the yard gets water manually or from rainfall. Try to stay diligent to the one inch per week of water guideline. Too much water can be wasteful and damage harmful to the life span of the grass.
- Avoid watering from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. This is the hottest period of the day and is the least efficient. When spraying a hose or a sprinkler there is that brief time period before water hits the ground from the hose. During this time period, water has the opportunity to evaporate and never go to any use for your lawn. Watering early in the morning is best. It allows the lawn to take in all the water throughout the day and brace through blistering heat.
- The best time to water the yard is early in the morning before the sun starts beating down on the turf. This will allow the water to soak into the dirt and the roots. This will help you avoid water loss due to evaporation and will give the grass time to dry out. Watering in the evening, when the lawn isn’t allowed to dry out, can sometimes cause disease in the grass. We recommend watering before 9 AM on your designated days.
- It is important to water your grass deeply so the roots can have a strong footing in your lawn. Strong roots are one of the hidden keys to lawn care success! How do you exactly water deeply though? Well, the most important thing is to avoid frequent, lighter watering. This behavior prompts the grass to have shallower roots that remain towards the surface. In order to avoid this, take advantage of the fact that Austin residents are only allotted two days and sometimes only one day per week to water their lawns. When your watering days come around (unless it follows a large rainstorm) your grass will be quenching water. Ensure to provide an impressive amount for a given period of time. A less frequent, longer sprinkle goes much farther than frequent, quick ones.
- Many people make the mistake of believing that every component of their lawn will be taken care of by the sprinkler. DON’T fall into this assumption. Pay specific attention to those zones that will never face the luxury of shade and ensure that you give that fact proper respect. If needed, water them more than once a week. Do not overcompensate for that given area by progressing to re-water your entire lawn. A good test to make sure you’re giving the yard enough water is to stick an instrument like a screwdriver into the dirt. If it goes in smoothly then you have given your lawn enough water. If it is difficult to push the tool in, then the yard needs more moisture.
Remember, regular watering is a lawn care staple here in Austin, and it is just as important as regular lawn mowing. Be sure to follow these tips in order to keep a healthy lawn while complying with Austin’s watering regulations.
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