Don’t complicate the lawn watering process. It does not need to be an everyday chore, and your lawn requires the same amount of water year round.
How much water does a lawn need?
The simple answer is 1 inch of water per week. The reason this number fluctuates is because of precipitation. If your yard gets some of its water from rain, then it doesn’t need as much from the sprinkler.
This is why your yard may not need water during the winter. It is still getting what it needs from the sky.
How to measure 1 inch of water
There are a number of ways to measure how much water your lawn is getting. There are smart water sensors that will let you know how much water you have used from the convenience of an app. Sprinklers can also be controlled from the app. However, you may need to do some math to figure out how long you need to have the water on to get one inch.
You don’t have to get all high-tech to measure. Put a clean soup can or any flat-bottomed dish in the yard. Start watering, and time how long it takes to build up an inch of water. This is how long you’ll need to water each week.
How often does the lawn need watered?
Georgia clay can have difficulty absorbing water. Generally speaking, watering should be split up into two watering sessions per week with ½ inch of water delivered in each session. However, if the clay is having trouble absorbing the water, you may need to break up those sessions.
You’ll know if you need to break up the session because the water will leave the yard via driveway slopes and curbs. If you see water running down the street, it’s not getting to your yard. Watering for a longer period of time instead of with more frequency allows water to better penetrate roots.
When should the lawn be watered?
The best time of day to water is early morning. Warm weather causes water to evaporate, which can cause errors in calculating 1 inch. Also, it gives a chance for the grass to dry throughout the day, so it is less susceptible to fungus or mold.
Watering the yard should happen twice a week, and it should be measured in order to ensure it’s getting what it needs to survive year round. Weather changes things, but only because your grass gets water from other means, so investing in a water gauge is the best way to know how to adjust.
Make watering the lawn simple! All it takes is 1 inch!
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