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To Water....or Not to Water....

Posted: July, 17, 2020 | Categories: Blog

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Typical mature lawns need a minimum of 1.5 inches of water per week to thrive.  Deep, infrequent watering will help saturate the root zone and encourage strong, healthy roots.  With our unpredictable North Carolina weather, it is usually necessary to supplement whatever moisture Mather Nature provides.  It is important to adjust your lawn watering based on the amount of rain you are receiving.

Depending on soil conditions and the overall growing environment, most lawns need to be watered every 2 to 3 days during the heat of the summer when combined with regular rainfall and more frequently under drought conditions.  Different areas of your lawn may need more or less water than others depending on area specific conditions such as slopes, shade, or large roots.  Overwatering can also cause issues such as suffocating the plant’s roots, stressing shallow roots, and causing weeds that are more difficult to control.

The best time to water the lawn is early morning.  Mid-day watering during the hot summer months can be wasteful since much of the moisture tends to evaporate in the afternoon heat.  When nighttime temperatures are above 60 degrees, evening watering can promote the spread of many turfgrass diseases as the lawn retains the moisture all night.

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Additional Helpful Watering Tips:

  • If the lawn shows symptom of drought (dark silvery tinged grass blades, grass will not bounce back after it is walked on, grass turns a straw color), water it immediately.  As the lawn begins to bounce back, begin the following watering rules once again.
  • Check your soil moisture by pushing a screwdriver into the ground.  If you meet little resistance, then the soil is wet.  If it does not push in easily, additional water is needed.
  • Use a rain gauge or simply an empty can to measure the amount of rain received.  This will help in the calculations of providing the right amount of supplemental moisture.

For additional information on lawn watering, contact your local landscaping company or plant nursery.

 



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