March Lawn Watering Guide: How Much and How Often to Water

March 8, 2024

One of the most crucial aspects of lawn care, especially as the weather warms up, is proper watering. However, knowing how much and how often to water can sometimes be a bit tricky. In this guide, we’ll delve into the specifics to ensure your lawn gets the hydration it needs for optimal growth and health.

Understanding Your Lawn’s Water Needs

Before diving into watering schedules, it’s essential to understand your lawn’s specific water requirements. Factors such as grass type, soil type, weather conditions, and overall health play significant roles in determining how much water your lawn needs.

Signs Your Lawn Needs Water

– Wilting or discoloration: Grass blades that are starting to wilt or turn a bluish-gray color indicate dehydration.

– Footprints or imprints: If your lawn doesn’t spring back after being walked on, it’s a sign that it’s thirsty.

– Soil dryness: Check the soil moisture level by inserting a screwdriver or soil probe into the ground. If it’s dry several inches below the surface, it’s time to water.

Watering Frequency

In March, the frequency of watering will largely depend on the weather conditions and the stage of growth your lawn is experiencing. Generally, it’s better to water deeply and infrequently rather than shallowly and frequently. Deep watering encourages deep root growth and drought tolerance.

Early March:

– Water once or twice per week if temperatures are mild and there’s little rainfall.

– Aim for a total of 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, including rainfall.

Late March:

– As temperatures rise and grass begins actively growing, increase watering frequency to two to three times per week.

– Monitor soil moisture levels and adjust watering accordingly.

Watering Techniques

– Water in the early morning: Watering early allows moisture to penetrate the soil before the heat of the day evaporates it. This reduces the risk of fungal diseases and ensures efficient water uptake by the grass.

– Use a sprinkler system or a hose with a sprinkler attachment to ensure even coverage across the lawn.

– Water deeply: Aim to apply enough water to penetrate the top 6 to 8 inches of soil, encouraging deep root growth.

– Avoid watering during windy conditions to prevent water loss through evaporation.

Adjusting for Rainfall

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. If your lawn receives adequate rainfall, you may need to scale back on irrigation to avoid waterlogging and potential fungal issues.

We at Southern Lawns are proud to provide treatments that fertilize your lawn and control pests, weeds, and diseases. Proper watering is essential for maintaining a lush, healthy lawn, especially as spring approaches. If you have questions about watering your lawn, or any other topic related to lawn care, please contact us. We’re always happy to help.