Your lawn needs watering just like any other plant, so make sure you give it a drink according to these tips:
When to Water the Lawn
While the temptation is to water the lawn at all times of the day, we need to consider the requirements of the grass plant. Watering in the morning, preferably before 10 am, is ideal in allowing water to be absorbed through the roots before the temperatures rise to a level where the water will be lost to evaporation.
Alternatively, you can water in the early evening, ideally between 5 pm and 8 pm, as with the longer daylight hours, this will allow for the grass leaf to dry before nightfall.
Never water the lawn between the hours of 12noon and 3pm, as not only will the moisture be lost to evaporation, but there is the added potential for leaf scorch through high temperatures.
How Much Water to apply
When watering the lawn, you need to apply enough water to maintain moisture in the soil profile.
Be sure not to overwater the lawn, as excessive moisture in the surface will lead to shallow rooting, which in turn will give the perfect conditions for undesirable weed grasses to flourish.
Watering every day is not necessary, with a lawn that is watered 3 times a week, for 20 minutes per day, allowing a weekly application of 25mm, sufficient in allowing for the soil profile to maintain enough moisture in achieving strong growth and deep roots.
Watering after the lawn has been over sown
When watering a newly sown lawn, the key is to keep moisture available to the grass seed, without it becoming saturated.
You will likely need to water the seeded areas once or twice a day (once more the early morning and evening periods are the preferred times). Once the seeds start to germinate, maintain the same level of watering and soil moisture until the grass leaf reaches 25mm, at which point the watering process needs to be cut back to three times a week, in encouraging the roots to grow deeper.
The cost of watering a lawn
1 cubic metre (1000 litres) of water will cost in the region of £3.20, therefore it does not cost as much as you may think in applying irrigation. Every sprinkler will have a different water rate, so simply multiply the sprinkler application rate x time in minutes that the sprinkler is running in calculating the cost.
*Please note that the cost of a cubic metre of water, may differ dependent upon the water provider, therefore please check with your local provider for the exact price, prior to completing the calculation.*
You can reduce the costs even further by purchasing a rainwater collection tank/water butt.
For all of your lawn care needs find your nearest TruGreen technician and contact them today.