Watering Wisely: How to Keep Your Lawn Hydrated During Hot Summer Months

June 14, 2024

As the summer sun beats down and temperatures rise, one of the most crucial aspects of lawn care is ensuring that your grass stays adequately hydrated. Proper watering is essential for maintaining a healthy, vibrant lawn during the hot and dry summer months. In this guide, we’ll explore how to water your lawn wisely to keep it looking its best all summer long.

1. Know Your Lawn’s Water Needs

Understanding your lawn’s water needs is the first step to watering wisely. Different grass types, soil conditions, and weather patterns will influence how much water your lawn requires. Generally, most lawns need about one to one and a half inches of water per week, including rainfall. However, during periods of extreme heat and drought, your lawn may need more frequent watering.

2. Water Deeply and Infrequently

Instead of shallow, frequent watering, aim to water your lawn deeply and less often, two to three times per week as opposed to daily. Deep watering encourages deep root growth, which helps your grass withstand drought and heat stress. Watering deeply also helps prevent shallow root systems, which are more susceptible to drying out in hot weather.

3. Water Early in the Morning

The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, preferably before 10 a.m. Watering in the morning allows moisture to penetrate the soil before the heat of the day evaporates it. This reduces water loss due to evaporation and helps prevent fungal diseases by allowing the grass blades to dry before evening.

4. Use Proper Irrigation Techniques

Whether you’re using a sprinkler system or a hose with a sprinkler attachment, it’s essential to use proper irrigation techniques to ensure even coverage and efficient water distribution. Avoid watering too quickly, which can lead to runoff, and instead water slowly to allow the soil to absorb the moisture.

5. Monitor Soil Moisture

Regularly monitor soil moisture levels to determine when your lawn needs watering. You can use a soil moisture meter or simply insert a screwdriver into the soil. If it goes in easily, your lawn is adequately hydrated. If the soil feels dry several inches below the surface, it’s time to water.

As your partner in the continuing process of caring for your lawn, Southern Lawns is proud to provide weed and pest controls, fertilizer, and other beneficial services. By following the tips we’ve outlined here, you can keep your lawn hydrated and healthy throughout the hot summer months. With proper watering, your grass will stay green and lush, providing a beautiful outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy all summer long.