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Lawn Care Guide: Step 8 Lawn Watering


Step 8: Lawn Watering 

Water is critical for grass seed germination. Seedlings can die quickly from lack of water and even a mulched lawn needs enough water to keep the soil surface moist.

A fine spray on your lawn delivers the best coverage. The water should fall on the ground evenly without forming puddles or causing run-off.

Water your lawn lightly 2-3 times daily until the grass seed emerges from the soil. After the grass emerges, 1-2 waterings a day is suggested until the lawn is completely established. Come on in to a local Southern States to speak to a lawn expert and we'll be happy to help you select the right lawn watering system for you.

An established lawn should be watered when your grass begins to wilt, watering thoroughly with 1 inch of water. This deep watering encourages grass roots to grow straight down, making your lawn less susceptible to disease and heat stress.

The best time of day to water your established lawn is in the early morning when evaporation rates are low and grass can dry completely. If you water in the evenings, the grass doesn't have enough time to dry, and excess moisture makes the lawn susceptible to disease.

Helpful Tip: To measure how much water your lawn is getting, set empty coffee cans on the grass where they can catch water from your sprinkler. Check them periodically, and when 1 inch of water has collected, turn off the sprinkler. Make a note of how long it took for that 1 inch to accumulate and remember it for next time.


On to Step 9: Mowing & Maintenance

 

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