All gardeners dream of having a green lawn around the house. To obtain a green carpet, they need different elements: oxygen, sunlight, fertilizer and especially water. without water the blades of grass would become dehydrated and fall back on themselves that’s why watering a lawn is necessary. Consider how, when, how much water you should apply If you don’t do any harm to your lawn. We explain all this and more to help you get the perfect and lush lawn!
- 1 When Should Water Lawn?
- 2 What Is The Best Time To Water Your Lawn?
- 3 How Much Water Do You Need?
- 4 How Often Watering to Lawn?
- 5 Choose the Right Material to Water Your Lawn
- 6 How to Measure Sprinklers Output
- 7 After Drought Yellowed Lawn Turn Green Again?
- 8 Lawn Care during Drought
When Should Water Lawn?
The rule of the watering lawn is rather vague; it depends according to the region where you live.
To be more specific when to start watering
- Look at the condition of the grass. When the grass leaves dehydrate, they naturally fold back on themselves. when you walk on it, they do not get up again. The color of the turf also changes from green to yellow or brown.
- If the climate is dry, and no possibility of rain in the coming days, the grass may have a water deficit.
Other climatic factors can also push to water your lawn:
- Dry weather
- The wind
- A sandy soil that retains little water (unlike a clay soil)
- A very short cut lawn that will not hold moisture well.
What Is The Best Time To Water Your Lawn?
It will be necessary to choose the right time of the day to do it. You may be tempted to water your lawn when it is very hot. However, you should never water your lawn when it is sunny. Never! This is probably the most important rule to remember. Here’s why:
- In full sun, the water reverberates the rays of the sun. It is the same phenomenon as when we are at the beach. This reverb will burn the blades of grass.
- In the heat, the water evaporates much faster. This evaporation will produce heat instead of cooling the lawn.
This is why you should never water your lawn in the early afternoon. It is better to do it when the sun is just out or when it sets. Here is the time of day to water, depending on the season and your region:
- In the summer or early autumn, it is better to water in the evening, when the hot weather has passed. At this time, there will be little evaporation and the water will penetrate well into the soil. You can even be watered at night but not recommended.
- In early spring, it is better to water in the morning. At night or after sunset, due to low temperatures, the water could freeze. However, as we have seen, there is usually no need to water your lawn at this time because rains bring enough water.
How Much Water Do You Need?
It is advisable to apply 1-3 inches water to have a green lawn. This measure must be refined according to several criteria:
- The nature of the soil. As a clay soil retains much more water than sandy soil, we will apply less water in the first case, and more in the second.
- The climate. It will be much more watering in a continental zone (characterized by hot and dry air) than temperate zone.
- The previous rain. No needs watering to the lawn if it has rained recently(how much rainwater gets your lawn: Measurement guide below). It’s time to water when you see the blades of grass wilt or lose softness to the touch.
- If the soil is wet, there are no needs watering
How Often Watering to Lawn?
Once you know when to water your lawn, and the amount of water should apply to your lawn, there is one thing should know how often watering to lawn.
It is the best idea to watering about two times a week. If your lawn is several years old with well-developed roots, you can water only once a week. On the other hand, if your lawn is young and still fragile, watering more than two times a week is a good thing.
Is it better to water every day or once every three days?
Here is the answer.
It is better to water in large quantities rather than a little every day. In our practical experiences, it is more useful to water every three days to obtain a green lawn.
Warning: Don’t water your green lawn every. It promotes fungus and diseases. But it is advisable to water the seedlings every day to promote grass germination.
Watering from time to time allows:
- To develop the roots of your grass. And having deep roots helps to fight against tearing grass and better anchored in the soil. If you water your lawn too often, the roots will stay on the surface.
- To stimulate the defenses. The grass learns to live in its environment and learn to fend for itself. They will become stronger in the face of diseases.
Choose the Right Material to Water Your Lawn
How to choose the right material to water your lawn? As often, everything is first and foremost a matter of budget.
So how to choose? It is necessary to take into account the surface of your turf.
For a small area, manual watering may be fine. You can water your lawn without having a sprinklers by manual methods. All that is needed for this a hose with a showerhead nozzle. It is the least expensive watering system, and it is beneficial. It also allows applying water the problematic terrain like the borders.
For a larger area, you should choose between two systems: automatic lawn watering or underground watering. The first is placed on the ground and can be moved, while the second requires installation but is more discreet. Let’s see this automatic watering system in details.
The principle of automatic lawn watering is simple: the sprinkler emits a jet of water that reproduces the rain. The advantage is this system can cover a large area and it’s mobile. There are mainly three types of automatic sprinkler irrigation:
- Oscillating sprinklers are the most common sprinkler. It emits a curved water stream and height and is ideal for rectangular plots. Some models are adjustable; others have a built-in. For large coverage, it will be best
- Rotary sprinklers intended for circular and semicircular areas. It works this way: two or three arms turn over a jet of water, which creates a kind of fine rain. Some sprinklers are adjustable in degree, range and flow rate. They can be equipped with wheels to facilitate their movements. For small coverage go for it.
- Impact Sprinklers has a simple impact head also known as impulse sprinkler that produces sounds like “Jkh-jkh-jkh” or”ckh-ckh-ckh” while emits water jets. You can adjust water flow, watering area and spray pattern. It is good for both small and large coverage but the noise is annoying for neighbors in the early morning.
- Traveling Sprinklers is as much like as rotary sprinkler. But it moves because of the water pressure. know more how it works.
It may be interesting to have an automatic watering system; you will determine the time of triggering watering and its duration. It simplifies life. Some of them work with one battery, others can be plugged into the mains, and others are autonomous thanks to solar energy.
How to Measure Sprinklers Output
A rain gauge is a device that calculates the amount of water that has fallen helps to balance water in the lawn. Imbalance watering is harm for lawn.so you have to measure sprinkler output with the rain gauge.
- Simply put 2 or 3 rain gauge in several distances.
- Turn on your sprinkler for 15 minutes.
- Collect the rain gauge and calculate the average water depth.
If the output is 1 inch for 15 minutes then you know that you need to turn on your sprinklers for 30 minutes to get 2 inches of water.
How to Measure Sprinkler Output without Rain Gauge
- Any Flat bottom and narrow shape container
- Measuring scale/Tape
- Put the container on your lawn
- Turn on and adjust the sprinklers for certain times
- Collect the container and deep in measuring scale. Check the line where the water touches
You can also measure how much rainwater get your lawn with the rain gauge or a simple container.
After Drought Yellowed Lawn Turn Green Again?
YES. During a period of drought, grasses stop growing due to dormancy. The lawn may be completely yellowed for a few weeks, but after sufficient rain or as soon as the weather returns to normal, it will turn green again. However, during this period, avoid any unnecessary traffic on the lawn.
Lawn Care during Drought
In extreme heat conditions, with prolonged periods without precipitation, it is important to remember that your lawn is stressed. In this situation, it is best to let the grass become dormant.
Several types of grass survive in hot, dry weather, including Manila grass, Bermuda grass, St Augustine grass, Bison grass, Bahia grass and Fescues. They become dormant in dry weather, no longer needing food or water. When the rain and cooler temperatures come back, your lawn will turn green and healthy.
Remember the following tips during a drought:
- Do not apply herbicide, fertilizer.
- Do not cut more than one-third of the grass height. When grass height is higher, it provides more shade on the ground, allowing your lawn to develop deeper roots.
- Leave the cut grass on your lawn as mulch that maintains the moisture of your lawn.
- In arid regions, where every drop of water is valuable, consider planting drought-tolerant grass species. Also, you can cover the lawn as much as possible with drought-tolerant plants.
Attention, all the tips above only concerns an already existing lawn. Recent sowing lawn or new lawn requires a higher frequency of water because the roots are still tiny.
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