Watering the Lawn
Last week, we were starting to worry about the lack of rain and water for the lawns. This week, Mother Nature seems to be trying really hard to make up for it. Rain is in the forecast every day of this week, therefore, all of our weekly lawn maintenance customers can expect a delay in service. We’re crossing our fingers that we will be able to get to all of you before end of day Saturday – as we try to beat the rain each day.
Even though this creates a difficult schedule for the week – and many delays, it’s really a blessing. It was getting really dry out there – and the lawns were starting to show it.
How Much Water Does Your Lawn Need Each Week?
Good looking lawns need about 1″ of water each week to stay green and beautiful – either from rain or our own efforts with sprinklers or irrigation systems. It’s important to monitor the water levels to be sure the lawn is getting enough water.
According to Purdue University’s, Taking Care of Your Yard The Homeowner’s Essential Guide to Lawns, Trees, Shrubs, and Garden Flowers: “Water deeply and infrequently as needed rather than on a set schedule. When summer rainfall is plentiful, you may not need to water the lawn to maintain its color and density. If rainfall is lacking, water the lawn after it first shows signs of water stress (it will turn bluish-gray or footprints will remain in the lawn). With each watering, apply enough water to wet the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches, usually 0.5 to 1 inch of water.”
And, for those with irrigation – this week may be a good week to turn it off There is such a thing as over-watering, too.
Listen to the Lawn Whisperer – who says that watering your lawn twice a week is plenty – and should not be done between 10am – 6pm.