The heat of summer can mean death for your lawn or it could be the best time to enjoy its greenness depending on how you look after it.
In the Boise area, regular watering is needed to keep the lawn healthy and green. As a result, most homeowners go as far as watering their lawns under the intense heat of the sun during mid-day; a routine they believe will preserve their precious lawns from the scorching summer sun and keep away the brown patches from showing up. Unknown to them, they are damaging their lawns even though it appears they are doing the right thing.
Although, the sun is hot and you need to water to moderate the temperature of your lawn, even the heat is also needed for it to survive. Therefore, you have to know when to do the watering and how to go about it. So, here are 5 tips to help you keep a green lush lawn throughout this summer.
Know how deep to go
Try to keep the moisture depth at approximately 3-4 inches from the soil surface. Any less than this will stress endanger the lawn, as the grass will struggle to get water, while any more of this will lead to logging and waste of water.
A good way you can find out the depth of water in the soil is by digging a narrow hole or inserting a screw driver or any thin metal rod and feeling for moisture. Do this at different parts of the lawn. It is expected that the shaded areas will have more moisture since they don't get much heat.
Know when to water
At the beginning, we mentioned how many homeowners water their lawns in the mid-day. However, doing this is a waste of time, as the water will quickly evaporate even before it gets absorbed by the soil. Night time is also not the best because, photosynthesis occurs when there is enough light.
As a result, the best time to water your lawn is in the morning. Because the plant will be able to effectively make use of the water it is getting.
Train your lawn
You don't need to be "too hard-working" in order to maintain a healthy lawn. In fact, frequent watering will only soak the root which can prevent it from growing deep. Such a lawn will not have strong grasses and as such can be easily preyed and uprooted.
Instead of watering day and night, it is advisable to train your lawn by giving it three to four times weekly, preferably in the morning. Over time, this will help build a healthy green lawn with a deep root system. Also, make sure the lawn is well fed with the proper nutrients through a fertilization schedule.
Avoid run off
When watering your lawn, always give time for the soil to absorb the water. If any area starts to run off and you feel the area hasn't taken enough yet, just turn off the sprinkler. Give some time for water to soak in well, say 15 minutes, and then water again. Ensure every part of the lawn gets their own share of water; do not focus on just one area. Also, try to keep the sprinkler away from the path to avoid wastage.
Keep the area aerated
Just like any living organism, lawns also need air (oxygen) to survive. So, as you go about watering your lawn all summer, also make sure to keep it aerated. You can rent a machine for this or hire a local lawn service which should be able to help you out.
Get rid of the weeds early whenever you notice them, you can just pull them out. Although, you can always use a weed killer, controlling them at the early stages is healthier for your lawn.
Finally, you now know how to water your lawn the right way. It’s not rocket science; no special training; no need to hire someone to do it for you- the simple tips above should help you do a good job.
As a professional Lawn Care Technician, I like to say I know a lot about a little and a little about a lot.