The Best Time to Water the Lawn

We know how important it is to keep your lawn hydrated. A healthy lawn needs water to absorb nutrients and to keep from drying out. Having the right equipment is certainly important when it comes to your lawn and gardening needs. Lawn sprinkler systems can save you time and will do a thorough job of irrigating your yard.

One of the big questions about lawn maintenance is: When is the best time to water the lawn? Let's take a look at the different answers to that question and the reasons behind those answers.

The early bird gets the worm and the early morning hours are great times to water the lawn. In fact, the best times are between 5a.m. and 10a.m., depending on your climate. In most areas, the early morning means cool and calm conditions. The humidity is usually higher during those earlier hours of the day. This means there will be less evaporation of water. There is also less chance of wind blowing water out of the yard. Watering the lawn early in the day also gives the grass most of the day to dry off and absorb the water before evening. Giving the blades of grass so much time to dry off reduces the chances of fungal problems.

Irrigation systems can be programmed to water the lawn at specific times of the day, eliminating the chances of you forgetting to water first thing in the morning. You don't need a full irrigation system to enjoy this convenience.There are programmable timers that can be hooked up to a spigot that's attached to sprinklers on garden hoses.

Keep an eye on your lawn between periods of watering. In the summer, most lawns will need water once to twice a week. You'll need to get to know your lawn. If you have a sandier soil, the water will likely penetrate quicker. If this is the case, you may need to water more often.