The irrigation needs for each lawn
are different depending upon:
TIME OF YEAR:
April through September
October through March
Unless we are in a severe drought, The grass ONLY needs watering during the warm/growing season (April through September) ESPECIALLY May through August!
TIME OF DAY:
Early in the morning during the morning dew.
To minimize the amount of time that the grass is wet it is best to water early in the morning during the morning dew and before Weed Warriors arrive to do their thing! If you water in the evenings you are lengthening the amount of time that the lawn is wet and therefore are promoting INSECT and DISEASE growth that will lead to undesired results.
LENGTH OF WATERING:
A book could be written about this. But here is the summary:
Avoid runoff. It is also wasteful to only water 10 minutes per day because you are only getting the top portion of the soil wet, which is the same portion that dries out the fastest. Deep watering will bring the BEST results. You are training the roots to either stay shallow in the top inch or you are training them to go down deep to get the water. Deeper roots withstand drought better. Deeper roots have more access to more nutrients and a healthier life. Deeper roots are better protected from extreme temperatures.
- Water once or twice a week for 45 minutes.
- Water 15 minutes. Wait 15 minutes to let it soak deep down. Water another 15 minutes. Do this 2 or 3 days per week depending on what your lawn responds better to. In the THICK of the SUMMER HEAT bump time up to 20 or 25 minutes per cycle.
- IF you are trying get grass to grow more aggressively then you’ll need to water for one more additional day than what the recommendations above suggest.