Every living thing needs water, and your grass is no exception.

But simply remembering to water your lawn isn’t enough. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.

For example, if you’re not generous enough with your watering, the roots of the grass won’t grow deeply, leaving your lawn in trouble at the height of summer.

And if you decided to run your sprinkler system after dark, your lawn can become too moist, leaving it open to mold and, eventually, disease.

Before you start watering, follow these steps.

When should I water?

Is your grass looking grey or faded? If so, it needs a drink. You can also test your lawn simply by walking on it. If you leave lasting footprints on the grass, it’s because there isn’t enough moisture in the blades for them to spring back into shape.

What time of day should I water?

The best time to water your lawn after the sun is up but before 10 a.m. It’s cooler at this time of day and winds are calmer, allowing the grassroots to absorb water before it evaporates.

We realize that not everyone is home in the morning to water. You can remedy this by just watering when you get home from work.

If you have to water in the evening, aim for between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., which – during the summer – will allow the grass to dry before dark. The later you water, the greater the risk of disease.

How much water should I use?

Remember that you don’t need to worry about watering every day. Grass needs about an inch to an inch and a half of water each week, either from rainfall or irrigation.

Water the lawn until the top six or eight inches of soil is wet, which should give the grass the inch of water it needs. You can apply this inch in a single session or spaced out over two half-inch watering sessions during the week.

How do I know if my grass has enough water?

There are a few ways you can tell if you’ve given your lawn enough to drink:

  • Check the soil every 15 minutes during your first watering to see how long it takes to get soaked. Use a shovel or screwdriver to get a measurement, and when you’ve determined the water has gone six inches deep, note the time. That’s how long it should take in the future.
  • If you have a sprinkler system, find out its flow rate from the manufacturer. Multiply the square footage of your lawn by 0.62 gallons (which equals an inch of water per square foot) then divide that figure by the flow rate. The result will tell you how many minutes to run your sprinkler.
  • Place (clean) empty tuna cans around the lawn and measure how long it takes for the sprinkler to fill each can with an inch of water. The sprinkler coverage will vary, so use the average time it takes to fill the cans.

If you’re not sure of the best way to water your lawn, Call Backyard Connection of Henderson -(702) 719-2500