Monday, August 26th, 2019

Lawn Watering

Proper watering of the lawn seems like a simple job, but it is one of the most difficult things for a homeowner to do correctly. Overwatering the turf can be even more damaging than allowing it to get too dry. A soggy lawn invites diseases and pests that are hard to get rid of once they get a foothold in the lawn.

A simple way to check for dryness is to just walk across the lawn while it is dry. If the grass has a pale shiny look or doesn’t spring back, and you can still see footprints after a minute or two, the grass is too dry. Resist the urge to water late in the day or in the evening to avoid encouraging problems.

Very early morning is the best time to water as it allows the surface to dry out during the day and the water that reaches deep into the root zone is what keeps the lawn green and healthy even during heat waves. Early morning watering also saves money because the water gets to the roots instead of evaporating in the heat.

Lawn diseases can spread quickly under humid conditions, so the homeowner or lawn care specialist should inspect the turf regularly to look for brown spots, soggy spots or signs of infestation like areas that seem bare or where the grass is unusually dark or seems to be growing faster than normal.

Many people install sprinkler systems and, because the systems frequently operate when no one is watching, problems go undetected until the grass is damaged. It’s usually very easy to change the settings and re-adjusting the watering patterns to account for seasonal weather changes will help preserve your investment in a beautiful lawn.

A lawn care specialist who knows the needs of different kinds of turf in your micro-climate can be a valuable ally in the early detection and treatment of any lawn problems so your carpet of green remains healthy and lush for many years.

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