Considering the unpredictable weather and the possibility of hot summer droughts, it can be difficult to know how thoroughly, and when, to water your Georgia lawn. Too much irrigation at the wrong time can encourage disease, and watering infrequently can cause your grass to wither and die.
Check out these tips on how often you should irrigate your lawn.
Consider The Time Of Year
Your local area may vary, but in general your Georgia lawn will need very little watering during the spring and early summer seasons. During the long, hot summer, however, and especially during drought conditions in any season, you’ll have to pay more attention to the condition of your grass.
The best gauge for when to water is the moisture level present in the soil.
Do A Moisture Check
The general rule, no matter the season, is to water your lawn so that the top four to six inches are moist. You can check this level by pushing a strong dowel, screwdriver, or trowel into the soil. If the object slips in easily, the dirt is probably damp enough. If you hit resistance, your lawn is likely becoming dry and needs irrigation.
Regular, Heavy, Infrequent Irrigation
Grass needs three things to grow properly: water, air, and nutrients. Frequently- and heavily-watered lawns can overdo it, soaking the grass roots constantly, thus pushing out the air needed for proper development.
It may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s actually healthier for your lawn to dry out a bit between waterings. This allows for free circulation of air around the roots and prevents certain diseases that occur in persistently damp lawns.
Depending on the season and the dryness of your yard, you may want to water to the level of one-to-two inches, every four to seven days. Be sure to check for water restrictions in your area before you turn the spigot on.
Mornings Are Best
It’s a good practice to water your lawn in the morning hours. This gives plenty of time for the moisture to settle into the soil while the grass blades dry in the afternoon sun. Better to have a dry lawn at night, when lingering moisture could encourage lawn diseases.
If you find keeping track of your watering schedule tedious, consider installing a moisture-sensitive underground sprinkling system with a programmable timer. It’ll save you time, worry, and money on your water bill as well as ensure that your lush, green lawn will stay that way.