Watering your lawn is one of the most important and vital aspects in lawn care and maintenance because grass usually requires plenty of water to keep its’ colour. Proper watering will usually show in the quality and health of your lawn.
The behaviour of the weather will tend to dictate your lawn watering practices and activities to a very large extent. This means that during cooler conditions, lawn watering will quite often be done less and even abandoned altogether when there is just a little rainfall. It really depends on the moisture levels deep in the soil, not what you see with your naked eyes on the surface.
Actually the most efficient watering system for a lawn is where watering is only done when it is necessary as too much watering will tend to expose a lawn to numerous other harmful effects.
So how does somebody tell when it is necessary to water a lawn as they go about their usual lawn care and maintenance chores and activities? One thing is for sure; just observing the condition of the lawn cannot always do it.
Here is a simple test that is done on the soil and is of great help in proper lawn watering efforts. You will need a small metal or iron bar or a even garden tool. Drive the tool firmly into the ground and check the amount of moisture in the soil for about three inches or so below the surface. If you find that the soil is wet or dump, then there is no need to water your lawn. It does not matter if the topsoil is dusty and dry.
So how does somebody estimate the amount of water a lawn requires? As a rule of thumb, usually most lawns will need at least one inch of water every week. It is also very important to note that when you water your lawn, you should avoid all temptations do it as quickly as possible so as to get the chore over with. Watering the lawn too quickly is not the way to do it. In fact this is a very common mistake in lawn care and maintenance.
Proper lawn watering is supposed to be done slowly. Heavy clay soil is only able to absorb water very slowly. It is estimated that it only absorbs one-quarter of an inch every hour. Actually the trick with this sort of soil is to water it more frequently with smaller amounts of water.
The particular time that you end up selecting to water your lawn is also significant and greatly affects the quality of your lawn and the final results. You should completely avoid doing any lawn watering during the heat of the day. Instead water only early in the morning or late in the evening.
The reason for this is obvious in that in the heat of the day, you will tend to lose too much water to evaporation and your lawn will therefore end up not receiving enough water.