Lawn Watering Tips and Techniques

 
Lawn Watering Maintaining a healthy lawn can be time-and-money intensive. What’s more, fickle weather patterns can wreak havoc on your yard if you don’t know the proper lawn care techniques. These easy, water-wise methods can save you time and money—and make your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

TOOLS:


Step 1: Test your turf

Test turf Step out onto your grass. It should only take a moment to bounce back. Shift to an as-needed approach to watering. You need to water if you see:

Wilted, curled or folded blades of grass

A color change from vibrant green to dull bluish

Less “bounce” (When you walk on the lawn in the morning, do your footprints remain for more than a few moments?)

As a basic rule of thumb: If it rains all week, you don’t need to pick up the hose. If the weather’s been dry, then turn on the tap.
  

Step 2: Prep your Lawn

Prep your Lawn Watering won’t be effective if your lawn can’t retain the water. A little prep work can make all the difference in getting the lush lawn you want:

Remove thatch early in the season. To prevent matting, vigorously rake your lawn to remove dead grass and other debris.

Aerate in spring, mid-summer or early-fall. Look for combo spreader and aerators that tow behind your ride-on mower, or push-style power aerators that you can rent from The Home Depot Tool Rental Center. Brinly’s tow-behind, heavy-duty aerator spreader is a 2-in-1 time-saver that perforates the ground, while the high-quality drop spreader applies seed, lime or fertilizer directly on the soil.

Enrich the soil in spring with fertilizer by brands like Scotts and Vigoro that add valuable nutrients to the soil. Then, distribute a one-inch deep layer of compost on the lawn and work it into the root area with a rake. Water regularly to help maintain moisture levels while enriching the soil.
  

Step 3: Have a watering schedule

 

Knowing when to water can save you money and effort. Spring and summer are high-demand times on water systems everywhere, and it’s costly to waste this valuable resource. Here’s how to be water-wise:

Water either in the evening or early morning. With the sun low in the sky, less water is lost to evaporation.

If your lawn is subject to fungi, water in the early morning. Any excess moisture will evaporate as the day progressively warms, as contrasted by a progressively cooling evening.

Start a watering schedule in time for the growing season (in the South, as early as March and in the North, usually by mid- to late-April), after soil has partially dried.

Water daily on newly seeded or over-seeded areas until they are established.

  

Step 4: Use the Right Equipment

Use the right equipment

The right tools make any job easier, and a proactive approach to watering saves time, effort and money by preventing problems such as shallow roots, thatch, yellowing and bare patches. The Home Depot has easy-to-install watering systems from top brands like Toro and Orbit, including:
 

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS: Above-ground sprinklers cover large lawns effectively. Be sure to make adjustments so that water falls only on your lawn or garden and is not wasted on sidewalks, roads or buildings. Adjust the pressure so water can slowly penetrate the soil without puddling or running off.

Also try to avoid watering plants such as roses, raspberries and beans that are susceptible to diseases from too much water on their greenery. Pop-up sprinklers from Toro, designed to fight wind and work at lower pressures (as low as 30 PSI), are a good choice.
 

SOAKER HOSES: Soaker hoses allow water to penetrate slowly to encourage deeper roots. Toro hoses have three layers of tubing:

  

Step 5: Measure Your Time and Water

Measure time and water Proper watering makes for more resilient turf. In both the North and South, lawns generally need about an inch of water a week. This deep watering encourages roots to go further into the ground, making them more resistant to a dry spell.

Use a rain gauge to keep track of rainfall so you know how much water your lawn needs. Check The Home Depot for affordable options.

After 30–60 minutes of watering, check the depth of penetration in the soil at different places in the irrigation pattern. Move or adjust the sprinklers to achieve uniform coverage.