Best practices, techniques for summer watering

Updated May 19, 2023

IrrigationWhen it comes to saving water this summer, an important place for landscapers to start is learning the proper watering techniques.

To help save water and prevent lawns from becoming dried out, The Grounds Guys have provided a few summer watering techniques.

Best practices

The best practice for watering lawns is to water them during the early morning hours typically between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Watering lawns in the heat of the afternoon can cause water loss through evaporation.

Watering lawns in the evening often leads to fungal problems as a result of water staying on the blades of grass without being absorbed.

Another rule of thumb is to avoid watering lawns in windy weather. Even if temperatures are mild, winds can prevent even water distribution.

The region you live in can determine just how much water your client’s lawn needs. Lawns generally require one inch of water per week. If lawns have clay soil, less water will be required. Dry, windy climates require greater amounts of water to maintain their lush, green appearance.

Watering techniques

The main difference between watering lawns and plants is that plants need to be watered at the base where the plant meets the soil.

This allows the roots to get the bulk of the moisture. Only watering plant leaves can often damage the foliage.

When watering plants, do not oversaturate. Too much water can cause a plant to lose nutrients and promote the spread of disease.

When creating a plant garden, be sure to add mulch. Mulch can reduce surface runoff and slow the evaporation of the water in the soil. Soaker hoses are a good option to use with plants instead of sprinklers.

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