What’s the biggest thing you can do during the week to help your lawn look great?Believe it or not, it starts with you! The single most important thing you can do to help us get your lawn in shape is understand how a lawn needs to be watered. Watering 10-15 minutes every day is a terrible start… Your lawn’s root system needs to grow 3 to 4 inches deep to be healthy in the hotter months. To do this means you need to water deeply and infrequently. Watering for short periods every day ensures water stays near the surface of the lawn. As a result, your roots don’t have to go far to get a drink. They are shallow and less tolerant to heat. Think of your roots as a glass of water. What are you going to want more when you are thirsty, a short glass or a tall glass? Your lawn is no different. When your roots have a day of no water, they drive deeper into the soil to access the deeper water. As a result, you have a heartier root system that is ready for hot temps, and thicker to prevent weed invasions.
To get your watering to penetrate the soil at least 3 inches you will want to water:
- 2 ½ – 3 Inches per week in the Summer
- 1 ½ – 2 Inches in the Spring & Fall
- Summer – “Start with 45”
- Spring & Fall – “Start with 30”
- If it is getting florescent green or mushrooms, back off 5 to 10 minutes per day.
- A blackish green at the onset of drought stress. This later turns to brown.
- Another early sign: silver footprints when you walk across the grass
- Dry brown areas