Choosing the correct timing, frequency, and duration to water your lawn reduces runoff and evaporation. With hot Kansas summers and possible water restrictions, determining the amount of water your lawn needs to stay healthy without wasting water or money can be tricky.
Here are a few guidelines to help you determine when, how often, and how long to water your lawn:
Early Morning is Best
The cooler temperatures mean less evaporation, and it’s usually not as windy, so your water will go where you want it to.
Don’t Water Every Day
According to the Sedgwick County Extension Office, watering every day is not necessary in Wichita and surrounding communities. Your lawn typically only needs an inch of water per week, but it could be slightly higher in the heat of summer.
Let the Soil Dry Out
They key to conserving water while maintaining your lawn’s health is to let it dry out as much as you can without damaging the grass. You might be surprised how well your lawn can withstand dryness – it will go dormant before it dies.
Does Your Lawn Need Water Yet?
The best way to find out is to check: Stick a screwdriver of your fingers into the soil. If the soil in the top 2-3 inches is dry enough that you can’t make it into a ball, it’s time to water.
Encourage Deep Root Growth
By waiting until the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry, your grass will be forced to send roots deep into the soil to look for water. This will enable your lawn to withstand hotter, drier weather with less watering.
Water in Short Cycles
It takes time for soil to absorb water. If you have clay soil, it can take an hour for a quarter of an inch of water to soak in. So, if your sprinklers are putting down an inch of water in an hour, most of it is wasted. Sandy soil can absorb 2 inches of water an hour, so you can water a little more at a time.
The solution? Water in several short sessions, rather than one long session. If you water about a quarter of an inch at a time, with an hour break in between, even clay soil will have time to soak in all the water.
Install a Rain Sensor or Weather Station
As we’ve already covered, there’s no need to water when the ground is already wet. But turning your sprinklers off manually every time it rains (and remembering to turn them back on afterward) can be a pain. A rain sensor will monitor the weather conditions and regulate when your system runs.
These are just general guidelines. Before setting up a watering plan, check the requirements of your specific weather, soil condition, and type of grass.
The Experts at Reddi Irrigation are here to Help
Watering in cycles can take a lot of time if you’re using a hose with a sprinkler, but a sprinkler system from Reddi Irrigation can help maintain the health of your lawn while saving you time, money and hassle. If you already have a system, we can make sure its operating efficiently to help your lawn stay green without wasting your cash or water.
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