Watering Your Lawn Wisely

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Your yard can be tricky and confusing if you are not familiar with lawn care. There are so many do’s and don’ts when it comes to hydrating your lawn; how can you keep them all straight? That’s why we created this blog. Keep reading to find out how to water your lawn wisely this summer.


Your best bet for watering your lawn is as early as possible. Not only will this ensure that your lawn will dry before nightfall, but your lawn will have less evaporation in the morning as well. If you find yourself watering your lawn at night, you might get stuck with fungus and disease problems. Living in the midwest, you know how hot our summers can be and by watering in the morning, you’ll do so during the coolest time of day. This will save you money on your water bill too.

How Long

Did you know? It is best to water your lawn longer and less frequently, rather than daily. This allows you to water deeply. You want the water to soak deep down into the soil in order to reach the roots. When the water is absorbed at this level, it will keep the soil moist for longer and you will not need to water every day. Every time you turn on your sprinklers, try to aim for about 30- 35 minutes a session.

How Often

Most people think that watering daily will promote green grass but it actually gives your grass a shallow root system. With a shallow root system, comes weak turf and a dry yard. We recommend hydrating your grass 2-3 times per week, rather than daily.

How much

Your grass should be getting 1-1.5 inches of water per week. Keep in mind that if it rains, you might luck out of turning on your sprinklers. If the top six inches of your soil is wet, you should be good. There are a couple ways you can tell if you’ve given your lawn enough to drink. One of the easiest ways is to place empty tuna cans in the lawn and measure how long it takes for the sprinkler to fill each can with an inch of water. Obviously the sprinkler coverage will vary, so take the average time it takes to fill each one.

Keep in mind if you want to ditch the tuna cans and water your grass with a piece of mind, SunCo offers rain sensors. SunCo recommends installing a wireless rain sensor to any type of system for a minimal investment. For more information about our rain sensors watch our video.

This summer your lawn is sure to stay hydrated with these helpful tips. If you aren’t looking to spend your summer worrying about watering your lawn, turn to the experts at SunCo. We have the knowledge and equipment to make your yard green and lush. Visit our website or contact us today for a free estimate on sprinklers for your lawn.


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