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Water Your Lawn Regularly



You’ve been busy! You have prepared and amended the soil, seeded or sodded the ground, added the necessary fertilizer, and invested labor, time, and money to create the lawn of your dreams.  The next step is to maintain your yard which means regular watering.  The goal is to get the right amount of water into the ground to refresh the lawn.  Too much water can cause moss, fungus and other lawn diseases.  Too little water can stress the grass and could ruin all your hard work.  Proper watering is the key. 

Create a Watering Plan




To obtain a beautiful green appearance and improve overall health, your lawn needs the correct amount of water each week.  Some grasses need more water while others can thrive in a drier environment.  Since rainfall may not be regular, you need to create a plan to ensure adequate watering in spite of insufficient rain or drought.  Most grasses need about an inch of water weekly; it is better to water the grass twice each week (1/2 inch each time) rather than once a week. 


Lawn Topography



There are several factors to consider when creating a watering plan.  Is the ground flat, hilly, or on a slope?  Flat (level) ground is best for drainage.  Hilly ground has valleys which can hold water; good drainage is essential so water does not pool or sit for extended periods of time.  Grass that is on a slope has special needs for watering.  Since water usually takes the path of least resistance, it will flow down the hill and not get into the soil for the lawn to use.  You may need to water in several short cycles as opposed to one long watering period.  Wet the ground on the first cycle, wait 10 minutes for the water to drain into the soil, and then repeat with a longer cycle.  This will allow the water to be absorbed into the soil under the grass and not run down the slope. 



Lawn Size



The size of your lawn will determine the best method of watering.  Small yards could be watered using a handheld nozzle with a water hose; multiple nozzle settings offer a variety of watering patterns.  Larger lawns are best watered using a sprinkler that is attached to a water hose.  Some sprinklers offer adjustable spray distances and patterns.  Impact sprinklers have a single spray nozzle that produces a strong stream of water covering large areas.  Oscillating sprinklers also cover large areas through a series of spray nozzles.  In-ground irrigation systems are permanently installed using sprinkler heads and pipes.  A timer will allow you to water when it is most convenient.  The Sprinkler Buying Guide discusses the available types of sprinklers. 



Hoses, Fittings and Holders




Hoses come in varying diameters and lengths.  A popular size is 5/8 inch diameter and 50 foot length.  The fittings, couplers and replacements parts for your water hose should be the same size to allow a tight fit and eliminate water leaks.  Quick connect kits allow you to rapidly change nozzles on the same hose.  Since hoses are often pulled or moved around the yard, select one that does not kink or tangle.  Choose a hose that is long enough to reach the watering area or sprinkler.  Longer hoses deliver less water pressure than shorter hoses and in turn may not cover large areas as effectively.  When not in use, a hose reel keeps hoses organized and tangle-free.  The Water Hose Buying Guide discusses differences in light, medium, heavy, pro and commercial water hoses. 


Special Considerations



Watering early in the morning is the best time; there is less evaporation than later in the day and the grass will be dry before the evening. 


Some communities may have watering guidelines or impose restrictions on the amount or times for outdoor watering.  Be sure to comply with local regulations so you and your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood.

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Posted 2016-01-20T02:56:53+0000  by Eileen_HD_ATL Eileen_HD_ATL
Great post Eileen.

There are many factors to take into account when it comes to watering different grasses in different soil types. I wrote an article on this very thing a couple months ago. There are many factors involved and I have touched base on these things in the article titled "How Much Water Does My Lawn Need".
Posted 2016-04-07T18:10:53+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL
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