This is one of the most often asked questions. Watering your lawn is a major part of the necessary tasks that must be undertaken on a regular basis. Water obviously is essential and must be attended to promptly, timely, and in the right proportion.

There are few major factors we will consider in determining how often you should water your lawns having in mind that as vital as water is to the lawn so is the right timing and proportion of watering to the lawn. These factors range from the weather seasons to the grass type among others.

Factors to consider when Watering Your Lawn


Season of the year: Is it summer or winter?

The weather plays a major part in determining how often a lawn needs to be watered since not every season will need regular watering. But it's not just the season of the year, it's also the climate you are living in. The summer in Texas is different than a summer in Alaska. And a winter in Chicago is different than an LA or Miami Summer. Two things that are important are the heat and the amount of rainfall. Generally speaking, the warmer it is, the more you need to water your garden. The more rainfall you have the less you have to use your hose or watering system. If it is really hot, it's often better to water your garden more heavily and decrease the frequency than shallow bursts of watering. That's because the water may not reach deep enough to feed your lawn.

Drop of water on lawn

Watering Time

If you choose to water your lawn at noon, you are losing too much water due to vaporizing, as a result, the best time for watering is in the morning and late afternoon, hours before the night falls. why is that? Watering in the morning enables the grass to absorb sufficient moisture and harbor enough for the day.

This means on a normal day this could sustain the lawn the whole day sufficiently without the fear of the day's heat rise. On the other hand, watering in the evening can be hazardous, though many people consider it a preferable watering time. You may wonder why that's the case. Watering in the evening leaves the lawn wet overnight, which in return makes the zone a breeding ground for fungi. This becomes the highest competitor of nutrients with the grass making it unhealthy and within no time brown and unattractive.

The Type of Grass

This could easily be ignored but not by experts or a homeowner who wants to have a healthy lawn. The type of grass determines the type of root. The type of the root determines how deep it is and that consequently determines the amount of water retention.

Some grasses like the hybrid type are known for their water-retention capacity due to their ability to grow long. When grass has bigger leaves, which are the food production organs of a plant, they propagate the growth of other parts like the roots which end up deeper or broader.

The Size of the Lawn

Finally, we look at an obvious factor that many don't deem as strong as the previous one but equally paramount; the size of the lawn. This factor has a major impact or effect when it comes to determining how often a lawn should be watered.

A smaller lawn by range will not require as much water as a bigger lawn. This goes beyond the quantity issue, it is a quality issue. The amount of water that reaches the roots of the grass is what determines the quality. Larger lawns need longer watering times or more regular watering when you use local watering (such as a hose or a single sprinkler). If you have an evenly distributing reticulation system, this is less of an issue.


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