If you are the type of person who rather be mowing a lawn with full, lively, healthly green blades of grass, then you are going to need to know how to water your lawn properly in order to achieve your goal of having a beautiful landscape. Following are some tips to help with watering and fertilizing the lawn. Water is essential not only to plant life but all life. However plants thrive when properly watered, just look at the neighbor with the “greener lawn” and I am sure you will see or hear the mower come out after a nice rain.
To begin it’s important to understand how much water your lawn will need. If the forecast has rain coming, than it’s safe not water the lawn unless the forecast is wrong, and the rain doesn’t come.
It’s also best to have a good knowledge of your landscape. Landscapes that have less organic matter and more sand will need a heavier saturation of water. Soils that have heavy clay deposits will require less of a saturation of water.
It is best to water the lawn during the early morning hours. If at all possible avoid watering during the middle of the day. This is the time of day that most evaporation occurs, lessening the effects the water will have on the lawn. Early morning watering minimizes the effects of evaporation, and helps to nurture the lawn throughout the day.
Because cooler air and less wind, let’s water soak in better, you may want to look at the forecast and choose days with these type conditions to water the lawn. If so the earlier in the morning the grass is watered the better, all due to the fact you don’t want water left on the lawn overnight. This can encourage the growth of fungus that needs moisture and darkness to grow.
It is not a good idea to over water the lawn because this can cause the roots to grow shallow, and once again encourage the growth of fungus. Knowing how often to water the lawn, means learning the terrain.
Fertilizing can help to encourage healthy lawn growth. Doing so at the proper time and in the proper way can increase the positive effects the fertilizer will have on the lawn.
Each type of grass will call for particular fertilizing schedules. It is ideal to time fertilizing so that it coincides with the time period just before peak growing phases of the lawn. Depending on the type of grass this could either be during the warm season or cold season. Warm season grasses are served best when fertilized in late spring and early summer. Cold season grasses are best served being fertilized once a year in the fall.