Proper Watering For Your Lawn in CanadaReading time: 6 minutes
Watering your lawn is one of the most important aspects of healthy lawn care. Not only does it help keep your grass healthy, but proper watering can also help prevent weed growth and diseases. In this blog post, we will provide a number of lawn watering tips so that you can get the most out of your landscape.
BEST TIME TO WATER
There are a few things to keep in mind when watering your lawn. First, you should water early in the morning or late at night. Watering during the heat of the day can cause evaporation, which means that your lawn will not get as much water as it needs. Watering at night is not recommended because it can promote fungal growth and disease. The best time is between 6am - 10am in the morning. This allows most of the water to be absorbed by the turf before the sun rises and ensures that the grass does not stay too wet for long periods of time.
HOW LONG TO WATER
You should always aim to water your lawn deeply and evenly. Watering for short periods of time will not allow the grass roots to grow deep, which can lead to drought stress and other problems later. How long you need to water your lawn depends on a few different factors, including the type of grass you have, the time of year, and the weather conditions.
In general, you should water your lawn for no shorter than an hour each time to ensure deep watering. However, you may need to adjust this depending on your specific situation.
If you are unsure of how much water your lawn needs, you can use a ruler or screwdriver to help you check how deep the water has penetrated your soil. The watering should be at least 6 inches into the turf, once you figure out the time it takes for this watering becomes even easier moving forward. This will help you ensure that your lawn is getting the right amount of water and that you are not over or under watering it.
If you consider yourself a serious lawn nut, you may want to invest in a soil moisture meter. A soil moisture meter is a tool that can be used to help you determine when to water your lawn. The meter measures the amount of water in the soil, it is inserted into the ground to get a reading. The meter will then give a number that indicates the moisture level of the soil. A high number means that the soil is moist, while a low number means that the soil is dry. The optimal moisture level needed by your lawn will be dictated by the type of turf you have.
Another great trick to measure the amount of water you need is to use a tuna can to measure the amount of water that your lawn has received. Set up your tuna can in the path of your sprinkler and wait for it to fill. Once the water has reached the top of the tuna can, that signifies that you have watered that section of lawn deeply enough.
THE RIGHT SPRINKLER FOR YOUR LAWN
When it comes to keeping your lawn looking green and healthy, one of the most important factors is choosing the right sprinkler and watering system. There are a variety of different types of sprinklers on the market, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, impact sprinklers are very affordable and easy to install, but they can be less effective in areas with high winds. Oscillating sprinklers cover a wide area and are ideal for large lawns, but they can be more expensive. Rotary sprinklers are very versatile, but they can be more difficult to set up. When choosing a sprinkler system for your lawn, it is important to consider your needs and budget. Make sure regardless of which sprinkler you use that you are watering your lawn and not wasting water on your driveway or sidewalk.
An irrigation system is a sprinkler system for your home that is underground. There are advantages and disadvantages to going the route of an irrigation system for watering. Irrigation systems are the most expensive option for their initial investment when it comes to choosing what solution is right for watering your lawn. For an idea of cost, most systems are in the $3,500 to $6,000 range, this range includes hardware and installation. That is a huge amount of money up front to get the system in place, but over time it may save you money and time with ease of use as setting it on a timer is no problem. There are other factors beyond cost when figuring out if an irrigation system is right for your home. How much lawn do you have? If you have a large lawn, an irrigation system can be a great way to save time and water. However, if you have a small lawn or garden, you may be able to get by without one. Second, what is the water pressure like in your area? Irrigation systems require a minimum level of water pressure to operate properly. If your water pressure is too low, you may need to install a pump to boost it. Third, what is the climate like in your area? If you live in an area with high rainfall, an irrigation system may not be necessary. However, if you live in an area with low rainfall or long, hot summers, an irrigation system can be a great way to keep your lawn healthy. Installing an irrigation system for your lawn is a big decision, so be sure to take your time before rushing into a decision and talk with a few companies before taking the plunge.
LAWN WATERING DURING A HEATWAVE
The best time to water your lawn is early morning, A slightly cool temperature or a subtle breeze will help reduce evaporation. Avoid watering when temperatures tend to be higher during the summer months (after 10am to around sunset). When you water your lawn, make sure it is deep enough so that the root system can properly absorb some moisture. It’s best to give the lawn a longer drink (double your regular watering time) *if able* to encourage development of deep roots, which will make for a heartier and more drought tolerant lawn. You do not need to water your lawn again until that moisture has been used by the turf. Set your mower a little bit higher as well as longer grass blades increase the depth of the root system, shade the soil, and help develop drought tolerance.
So whether you’re in the middle of a heatwave or just trying to get your lawn into shape, make sure to water for the right amount of time and at the right intervals. Both watering and mowing your lawn properly will help keep it healthy and weed-free. Now sit back and enjoy the beauty right outside your home. If you still need some help getting your Canadian lawn to the lush, green turf of your dreams then Green Drop has you covered. Check out our packages and easily book your service online today!