Oftentimes, many homeowners think lawns are a lot hardier than they are. To achieve a beautiful, healthy, vibrant lawn, routine maintenance is necessary. It requires mowing, feeding, dethatching, and aerating. But it really begins with the basis of all life: water.
When and how you water your lawn is equally as important as the simple fact that you need to water your lawn. And you might be making some important mistakes. If you run a sprinkler at midnight, for example, it sets up the right condition for sickness to take hold. If you water too gently, the grassroots won’t grow deeply enough, setting your lawn up for trouble once weather hits.
Our Home Managers are going back to basics when it comes to your lawn. Here’s what you need to know for a luscious green lawn that’s healthy, vibrant, and actually hardy.
The best time of day to water your lawn is in the morning—specifically before 10am. The air tends to be cooler and there’s usually not much wind to divert the droplets. In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly, and in the evening, water can click to the blades of grass overnight, which promotes fungus and lawn diseases.
Because there are many different types of soils, there is no hard and fast rule for how long you should water your lawn each time. For instance, lawns in clay soils need less water because of the soil's ability to retain moisture. Lawns in dry, windy areas may require additional and longer waters.
Our suggestion, however? Water long enough to moisten the soil about 6 inches down, which is the depth of a healthy grass root system. To see how far the moisture seeps down, check the soil every 15 minutes during the first watering. The best way to test is to take a shovel and lift up the sod.
Many homeowners tend to think they need to water their lawn every day. This, in fact, is urban myth. Too many watering can lead to fungus and a shallow root system; fewer waterings actually encourage the roots to grow deeper.
Depending on your soil type and climate, Our Home Managers recommend watering every three to seven days to promote a healthy, hardy lawn with a strong root system.
While you can certainly hook up a pulsing or oscillating sprinkler head to your hose to water your lawn each week, let’s face it: the idea of waking up early doesn't sound all that appealing. On top of that, there’s also a real risk of you forgetting the sprinklers are running and overwatering your lawn.
At Setter, we suggest eliminating this risk by installing a programmable automatic sprinkler system. It will save you time, manual labour, and ensure your lawn gets into that weekly routine that it desires. Whether you’re looking to install a sprinkler system or open your current sprinkler system, our Home Managers are ready to help.
Until April 30th, we are happy to offer 15% off your sprinkler opening when you mention the code WATERWORKS to your Home Manager.