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When is the Best Time to Water Your Lawn?

If you water your lawn at the wrong time of the day, you are going to waste water which will cause the grass to dehydrate. According to experts, the best time for you to water your lawn is during the coolest part of the day, when the winds are at the lightest. The grass you are growing, and your yard’s characteristics will affect what time you choose to water your lawn.

Daytime Watering

It is best to water your grass when the air temperatures are lower and there’s dew still on the ground. The temperatures will usually be at their lowest during the early morning or the late evening. In most cases, your lawn will benefit from being watered two to three times a week.

Also, when you water your lawn on days when it is cooler outside, it will help to reduce the total amount of water that your lawn needs. By watering your grass when it is already wet the amount of time that it is moist will be reduced, which is going to help prevent the spread of bacterial and fungal disease.

The Wind Speed

If you try to water your lawn on a windy day, it will increase the rate that the water from your irrigation system will evaporate before it is able to soak into the soil. During the early morning hours, the wind speeds are usually going to be lower. By watering your lawn in the morning, you can reduce the total amount of water that’s lost due to evaporation and the amount of water that’s needed to irrigate your grass.

Evaporation Concerns

During the morning and evening, when the temperatures are lower, the relative humidity that is in the air will increase. Reducing the air temperatures will reduce the total amount of water vapor that the air is able to hold. When you water during the coolest part of a hot day, it will make sure that your irrigation water will evaporate slower, which will help to reduce the amount of water you use.

Important Considerations

If you have warm-season grasses that are adapted to warmer climates and that grow during the summer months, they need a different watering schedule than cool-season grasses. The warmer weather grasses will grow a deeper root system and will grow best when they aren’t irrigated as frequently. Usually, warm-season grass is going to perform best when they have been watered a few times per week.

Cool-season grasses will have root systems that are shallower. These will only draw water close to the surface of the soil. Usually, these grasses will thrive when watered three times per week.

When it comes to your grass, knowing when and how to water it is essential to its growth and health. Being informed and aware of what to do and how to do it will pay off in the long run.

If you need help with lawn maintenance, contact Kansas Turfmasters.  We can ensure your grass is healthy and properly cared for all year.