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
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