In the summer we want to be able to use our lawn as often as possible, whether that is enjoying a nice cookout, soaking in some rays, or just relaxing outside with family and friends. Because we have a limited amount of time to enjoy the many activities that go on in the short summer, a healthy green lawn is something that we all strive for here in the North Shore.
So how can we achieve a healthy, green lawn during these hot summer months? It starts with a regular watering schedule best suited for your lawn and the typical summer season in Massachusetts.
How To Water
Watering your lawn correctly will not only help it grow to be thick and healthy but will prevent lawn disease and damage that can be caused by insects as well. Although there are other details to keep in mind, frequency and duration are the two most important.
With temperatures consistently over 70 degrees you will want to get into watering habits. The lawn should receive about 2 inches of water per week in order to sustain health and color. With consistent watering it will allow enough moisture to reach the root system.
Watering your lawn less frequent is the best for your lawn. You want to try and keep your watering schedule to about 2 to 3 times a week for the best results.
You also want to be sure that you are giving your lawn a deep soak each time so that the water gets a few inches deep in the root system. If you have an irrigation system set up, make sure it is serviced before the season starts.
When To Water
Watering in the morning is the best time to water your lawn, before the sun is at its peak temperatures. We encourage that you water in the morning because this gives your lawn time to absorb the moisture deep down to promote root growth.
If you water later in the evening your lawn will not absorb enough water in the root system and the moisture will leave it damp. A lawn that is too damp encourages fungus and attracts insects.
As we get into the colder months, a deep but infrequent watering schedule should still be applied. You can begin to slowly reduce your watering into late fall as mother nature provides lower temperatures and more precipitation on average during these months.
There are multiple ways you can water your lawn, each having their own set of benefits. If you have a smaller yard, you can use a hose that reaches all areas in your lawn. This method lets you be in control of which areas are being watered and for how long of time.
Another popular method is having a sprinkler or irrigation system. This watering system is helpful because it does the watering for you. Contrary to popular belief, this system can save you water if it is working correctly and applying to the right area for the correct amount of time.
This small chore is one of the many ways that you can play your part in getting the lawn results you want, especially when paying for a lawn care service. Whether that be a hands-on approach or using a system that makes it easier for your lifestyle. If your yard is receiving the correct nutrients, you’ll find that getting your lawn to be that luscious green color can be simple with just an extra step or two.
How Much To Water
You want to be sure not to under or over water your lawn because it can be just as damaging as not watering at all. If you walk across the lawn and you can see each footprint, or if the grass blades start to wilt, this is a sign that you have not watered enough.
If you over water your lawn you can easily tell by how damp your grass is. Before watering again make sure you check your lawn, and if it is still damp do not water.
If you're looking for more information on proper lawn watering or are simply ready to speak with someone about your lawn care needs, go to www.GrassmasterPlus.com or call 978.769.3595 today!