If a healthy green lawn is what you’re aiming for, then practicing good watering techniques is crucial. Of all the time, energy, and money we dedicate to our lawn hoping to achieve that beautiful thick, green turf that will really stand out amongst all the other Kansas City lawns, proper irrigation techniques may be the single most important part of the entire process.
Start implementing these proven methods when watering your lawn this season, and the results will amaze you.
1.) Water early!
If you live in Kansas City, the morning time is the best time to water your lawn. Watering in the morning allows plenty of time for the water to soak into the soil before evaporating from the afternoon heat. There is also less wind in the morning, which can also help prevent water droplets from drying up too quickly. Watering in the evening is not a good idea. Watering your lawn after 6 pm allows too much time for the water to sit and promote fungus.
The ideal time of day to water your lawn is before 9:00 am.
2.) Watering your lawn deep.
Healthy lawns have a root system that is about 6 inches deep. Watering your lawn deep is important to water long enough to moisten the soil to about that depth. You can check the depth of the soil moisture simply by lifting up the sod with a shovel. Check the soil periodically while watering during the first few times. Once you determine how long it takes to moisten the soil to a depth of 6 inches, you can use that information for future irrigations.
Every Kansas City lawn is different, so the time it takes to reach 6 inches will vary. That is why it is important to test your specific lawn if you want to achieve maximum results.
3.) Take it easy on the new seed.
Watering your lawn when you have just sown grass seed and the weeks following germination require a different watering regiment to get the best results possible.
Heavy watering on new seed can move the seed around and even create streams that carry the seed away. Water new seed lightly, so the droplets are softer when they hit the ground. The idea isn’t to saturate the seed, but just to keep it moist enough to germinate.
4.) More isn’t always better.
Watering your lawn too much can cause a lot of unwanted issues, including a hefty water bill. From fungus, disease, and even a shallow root structure, watering your lawn too often is always a bad idea. Water your lawn 2 to 3 times per week once the summer months arrive.
Deep, infrequent watering will always provide better results for your lawn.
One way to increase the benefits of watering your lawn is by core aerating your lawn each fall. Learn more about lawn aerating and why you should consider it.
Looking for more lawn tips? Check out this great article by iGoPro Lawn Supply.