Lawn Watering Tips for Summer Heat

June 20, 2017

sprinklerWe’ve had some sweltering heat over the last few weeks, and you may be seeing some brown grass around your neighborhood as a result. How can you prevent your¬†grass from drying up? Henderson Fertilizing has a few tips to help optimize your watering schedule and ensure a beautiful lawn throughout the summer months.

1. Water Infrequently

You may think that the lawn needs extra water during excessive heat, but frequent, shallow waterings increase the likelihood that weeds will grow. Instead, water less often for longer periods of time. This strategy promotes deeper, healthier root systems. We recommend watering for 30 minutes 2 or 3 times each week.

2. Water Early in the Day

It’s best to water your lawn before 9 am, so that the lawn has an appropriate amount of time to absorb the water. Watering midday may cause the water to evaporate too quickly. On the other hand, watering in the evening makes your lawn more susceptible to fungal diseases.

3. Keep an Eye on Rainfall

Don’t forget to consider Mother Nature in your plan. Usually the weather report can give you an idea of how much rainfall you received, and you can figure that into your normal watering routine. The goal is to make sure your lawn gets 1-2 inches of water each week. Introducing too much water to your lawn can increase the likelihood of pests.

Of course, proper fertilization is also important to keep your lawn from turning brown. For more advice on keeping your grass in top shape, visit our Lawn Care Tips page.