Every gardener wants and dreams about a beautiful lawn but it requires a lot of effort, work, and knowledge. You must mow your lawn regularly, trim weed and of course, water it. But don't worry, over a period of time, this becomes a routine. When it comes to watering your garden and lawn you can use soaker hoses, but it will require a lot more of your time, so probably a better solution are sprinklers. Sprinklers also must be used with a lot of care and in this article, we will show you how to use them properly and most importantly when to use them. It depends on many factors, type of your grass and climate are the most important ones.
How much water actually my lawn needs?
It's not easy to answer this, but the answer lays in already mentioned factors. Watering depends on your grass type, so investigate which type is in your garden. Secondly, the climate is also important. Lawns in cold, humid areas won't require quite as much water such as hot areas with heatwaves. Still, there are some general rule that says you should give yard an inch to 1 ½ inch of water per week. But how to be sure that your lawn gets enough of water? You can't guess that, so the best option is to buy and install a rain gauge that will show you the amount of water your lawn received. If your lawn gets enough water from nature, you maybe won't even need to look for a solution like sprinklers.
But, in case you are short of an inch, you will need help from sprinklers to achieve a wanted level of moisture. Also, there is another, cheaper method on how can you check law moisture. All you need is a 6-inch screwdriver and dig it into the soil. If it doesn't slide easily, the soil is too dry and you need to water more.
For how long should I water my lawn?
Well, it also depends on the climate and grass type. In the driers seasons like spring and especially summer you will need to water more because some water will be lost due to evaporation. So, your main goal must be watered until the whole yard or garden is completely saturated. A good rule that shows you when to stop is if there is runoff. If the water is running off the streets and out of your garden borders it means your area is saturated and there is no need for additional moisture. For most gardens watering period of 20-30 minutes will do the job. But again, it's not the same in winter and summer. This is just a rough figure. A sign that you are overwatering is the appearance of mushrooms. If there are mushrooms in your garden moisture level is obviously too high and you must stop watering and let the garden dry.
How often should I water my lawn?
There are no rules about this but in general, 2-3 times a week should be enough and that should give you the right amount of moisture. Watering every day will result in an unhealthy lawn. In that case, grass will have shallow roots and will dry out faster. With watering 2-3 times a week, roots will be deeper and more resistant to drought. During the summer your lawn will need more water but try not to mow so heavily. It can be a great help. Longer grass will protect roots from the sun and heat. If you for some reason can't arrange a watering schedule, observe your grass. For example, while you are walking in your garden, look out for your footprints. They should recover very quickly, within a few seconds. If that's not the case you should turn your sprinklers more often because your lawn needs more moisture.
Watering in the winter?
Many people think that watering in the winter is unnecessary, it's not true. The grass still has its deep roots that need moisture even during the cooler months. Again, depending on where you live, snow melting may secure enough amount of water for that. On the other hand, if the snow is staying for too long on the surface, the soil under it can easily dry and crack. So, you should water your lawn in the winter but at the same time take care of your sprinklers and possibly freezing.
Which sprinkler system to choose?
Today on market there are a lot of sprinklers, but also keep in mind that one sprinkler will perform differently in different climates. There are many factors that affect that, but climate is probably the most important. If you don't have an in-ground irrigation system, we recommend you purchasing pulsating sprinklers rather than oscillating. Pulsating sprinklers are less vulnerable to wind and heat. Make sure to check your sprinklers at least once a month. You can notice that one of them don't work properly or is pointed in the wrong direction. Keeping your sprinklers in order is important just like regular watering.
When is the best time for watering?
The best time for watering your lawn is early morning, before or after the sunrise and there are many reasons why. Early morning hours even during the summer are cooler, therefore you will lose less amount of water due to evaporation. Another thing why watering in the morning is a great idea is time to dry. Watering in the morning, before the sunrise leaves your lawn enough time to dry.
Of course, there are some exceptions just like winter months or cooler climate. Cooler climate means you should probably consider watering later in the day, before evening. This way your lawn will be saturated better. The same goes for winter months. Always keep in mind that there is still time for water to dry and avoid freezing in the ground.