One of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy, vibrant lawn is regular watering. The key to successful watering is knowing when and how much water your turf needs.

WHEN TO WATER YOUR LAWN

Watering your lawn is one of the most important tasks when it comes to maintaining a healthy yard. It is also one of the hardest things for people to get right, as there are many factors that affect how often you need to water. One big factor is where you live. Places with more rainfall will require less watering than places with drier climates like St Louis Missouri.

If it has not rained in two days, or if there is no forecast for rain

If it has not rained in two days, you may need to water your lawn. Here are some helpful tips on how to know if your turf needs watering and how to go about the process: 

Check for dry spots or wilted blades of grass by bending down and touching the soil. If there is no moisture below a depth of 2 inches, then it’s time to turn on the hose.

Make sure that you’re using clean water that isn’t too cold or hot when watering so as not to shock the plants.

Don’t over-water! Your turf will die from too much water just like any other plant. Instead, make sure you check often during long periods without rain.

In the morning, before 10am

It’s best to water established turf in the morning, before 10am. This will allow for the most efficient use of your time and prevent excessive evaporation from sunlight exposure. Watering early also helps to avoid weed growth that can be seen as a result of being watered too late in the day or when it is hot out. It also helps keep cool soil temperatures which discourages weed growth by allowing for slower plant development rates due to cooler soil temps. 

Avoid watering on windy days

Wind can dry them out and cause damage to their roots or leaves. You should avoid watering plants that have already been watered during high-wind days. You should also stay aware of how much water is being used when irrigating since too much will make the soil compact and not allow air pockets needed for root growth or oxygen needed for plant life.    Another way you can protect your turf from wind is by using stakes to anchor down any loose ends of sod so they won’t blow away in the wind.

NEVER water at night because this will cause fungus growth!

NEVER water your lawn at night! This will cause fungus to grow because of all the humidity in the air which can lead to a whole host of problems for your yard including brown patches and stunted grass growth. The best time to water is during the day when it’s sunny out so that this heat can evaporate any excess moisture from your soil.