When to water your lawn? In the morning or evening? How many times a week? The answers to those hard questions will help you create a beautiful and healthy lawn.
How much water does the lawn need?
Grass is a living organism, which needs a certain amount of water to develop correctly, depending on the chosen kind or the environment conditions. The amount of watering the lawn needs to be adjusted to the amount of sunlight, type of soil, weather and season. The lawn is best wateres at Regular intervals, but generously, e.g. twice a week and in case of intense heat, more often.
Every type of soil, from sandy soil to clay soil, has its own ability to hold water. Sandy soil is made up of larger soil particles than clay soil, with a lower amount of water. For example, if you take 100 square feet of sandy soil with the depth of 1 foot, you will find around 60 gallons of water in it.
However, if you took the same 100 square feet of clay soil with the depth of 1 foot, the clay soil would hold 160 gallons of water in it, over 2 1/2 times more. From this example, you can see that sandy soil or “lighter” will have to be watered more often than clay soil.
The watering techniques
Manual watering of the lawn requires patience and precision, since water should be evenly distributed. You cannot use a garden hose without the tip. The lawn should always be watered with a diffused stream. Therefore, it is important to equip yourself with a decent, regular tip – a garden sprinkler.
The lawn can also be watered with Stationary sprinklers, which do not require holding. There are various models available on the market. The mechanism usually adjusts itself to the area that has to be watered. You can choose from e.g. rotary sprinklers, swinging sprinklers and rotatable sprinklers.
At the same time, the lawn belongs to those elements, which more often than not have automatic watering systems installed. With the optimal choice of technology and good placement, you can save even 50% of water, compared to manual watering. It is recommended to install the system before setting up the lawn. If you are not a handyman, it is better to leave it for a professional company.
A certain solution that will allow us to save water is using big rainwater containers. This rainwater is better than tap water. Alternatively to manually watering the lawn, we can use ecological plant slurry. They are used diluted. Aside from providing fertiliser, they combat illnesses and ground pests. Some of them are weak Fertilisers as well.
Time of day – when to water your lawn?
The time of day is not something without importance when it comes to watering the lawn. It should not be done in the afternoon, as the sun is shining the strongest then and the water evaporates from the soil very quickly, before it gets absorbed. Watering the lawn in the middle of the day is very wasteful. Besides that, the water droplets left on the grass-stalk act like magnifying glasses in strong sunlight and can cause the grass to have a “burnt” effect.
The best time of day to water the lawn is early morning. That way, the cold and minimal evaporation reduce the loss of water. The sun coming up later on will make the Excess water, which was not absorbed by the soil evporate. Therefore, it will not be moist for too long.
Watering the lawn in the evening is less advantageous, because the soil will stay moist for most of the night, which in turn can lead to the development of fungus, mold or moss.