Site Information

 Loading... Please wait...


Lawn Watering Mistakes to Avoid

Posted on

Everybody knows that a lawn needs water to stay green and healthy, but many people make mistakes because they don’t know when and how to water their grass. Watering at the wrong time or using the wrong amount of water can do more harm than good. Here are some common mistakes to avoid and tips on the right way to water your lawn.

Make Sure Your Lawn Gets the Right Amount of Water

One common mistake people make when watering their lawns is not watering deeply enough. You want the water to penetrate 6 inches into the soil. The first time you water your lawn, check the soil by lifting it up with a shovel every 15 minutes to see how long it takes for the water to work its way down 6 inches. Then water for that amount of time every time you water your lawn in the future.

People sometimes think that more water is better, but that is not true. You should only water your lawn once a week for clay soil or every three days for sandy soil. Watering too much can lead to a shallow root system and fungus.

Another mistake some people make is only watering the lawn occasionally, letting it go dormant, and then watering it again. This stresses out the grass. If you want to water your lawn, make a plan and stick to it.

What to Do If You Have Hard Soil

If you live in a housing development that was built recently, you may have hard soil. This can make it difficult for water to penetrate into the ground. When people have hard soil, they often water the lawn for a long time to try to get the water to soak into the soil. That causes the water to run off. If you have hard soil, water the lawn for 30 minutes, let the water soak in, and then water for another 30 minutes.

Water Your Lawn at the Right Time

Another common mistake is watering the lawn at the wrong time. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning between 4 and 10 a.m. This is because the air is usually cooler and there is generally not a lot of wind to blow the water droplets. If you water your lawn in the afternoon, the water will quickly evaporate before it reaches the roots. Watering in the evening can be problematic because the water will stay on the blades of grass at night, which can promote lawn diseases. If you can’t water your lawn in the morning before work, you can use a sprinkler system so it will be watered automatically.

A Sprinkler System Can Help You Make Sure Your Lawn Gets the Right Amount of Water

A sprinkler system with a timer is a smart investment that can make it easy to make sure your lawn gets the right amount of water when it needs it. If you have an established lawn, you can use a pulsating, revolving sprinkler that shoots water out horizontally. If you have recently planted grass, use an oscillating sprinkler until the grass establishes its roots. The water will land more softly and will not push the seeds. Sprinkler System Store carries a selection of sprinklers and timers made by leading manufacturers. Order a sprinkler system today.

How to Make Grass Grow in the Shade

Most lawns have trees, which can create patches of shade. While a shady area can be a great place to relax in the spring and summer, it can also make it difficult for grass to grow. If you are struggling to grow a thick and healthy lawn in an area of your lawn that is [...]

Read More »

How to Care for Warm and Cool Season Grasses

Lawns are covered with many species of grasses, but they fall into two main categories: warm and cool season. The species of grass you have in your yard will depend on where you live and your climate. Some of the rules of lawn care are universal, but some depend on whether you have warm or [...]

Read More »

How to Prevent and Treat Snow Mold

Lawns need extra care in the fall to prepare for a long, cold winter. Even if you do everything right, you may still wind up with lawn problems in the spring. One of the most common issues that homeowners encounter in the winter is snow mold. This can cause the grass to be pale yellow [...]

Read More »

How to Take Care of Your Lawn after a Frost

If the temperature falls into the 30s at night but stays above freezing and frost forms on your lawn, it can cause damage or even kill the grass. Frost is harmful to grass because it increases transpiration. This is the process in which moisture is sent through plant pores, or stoma. Moisture that is sent [...]

Read More »

How to Use Compost to Keep Your Lawn Green

Composting your lawn two or three times a year can keep it healthy. Compost can supply organic matter and nutrients that can keep your grass green. Compost contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as some trace elements that are not found in commercial fertilizer. Many people prefer to use compost because it is safe [...]

Read More »

Fall Weed Control | Sprinkler System Store

There is still lawn work to be done this fall. This is the time to make sure winter weeds don’t invade your lawn. Weeds that grow in the cooler seasons can still prevent a problem for lawns. That’s because winter weeds begin germinating when temperatures drop during the fall. They tend to grow slowly and sit [...]

Read More »

Storing Your Power Equipment for Winter

There’s no denying it. Winter will be here soon enough. That’s not to say we can’t take time and enjoy the rest of fall. It just means it’s time to think about getting ready to put things away until spring. You may have already gotten your lawn sprinkler system ready for winter. It’s also time [...]

Read More »

Winter Lawn Tips from the Sprinkler System Store

Your lawn needs care in all seasons, even winter. Cold weather may bring snow but during the times the ground is bare, there are things you can be doing to help your grass and yard make it through winter. Avoid excessive lawn traffic. Your grass needs a break during the winter. It’s frailer. Just because the [...]

Read More »

Protecting Your Lawn from Winter Kill?

Winter kill is actually a variety of negative lawn conditions, all caused by harsh winter weather conditions. Winter kill can refer to any severe damage suffered by the grass during the winter months. It goes beyond just heavy snow (though that is one of the conditions). So let’s start with snow. A heavy cover of snow [...]

Read More »