Taking care of a lawn isn't always easy. It's easy to pick up a sprinkler system, set it, and forget it. However, there's much more to watering your lawn. There's a way to do it right, and a way to do it wrong. Here's a few considerations for taking care of your lawn.
Water Your Lawn Early
You should water your lawn in the morning. Usually, the morning hours between approximately 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. are the ideal times. Depending on the time of year, and your location, it's best to do it before the sun makes its full appearance. It's typically cooler out, and less windy in the morning.
In this way, the lawn and soil will receive the benefit of the moisture before the sun rapidly evaporates it. In the end, you do want the sun to do a little work. That's because if the moisture stays there, you can develop fungus in your lawn.
That's why it's never really a good idea to water the lawn at night or overnight. If you're in a situation where watering in the early AM isn't possible, then consider watering in the late afternoon, as long as you avoid doing it at full dark.
Water Your Lawn Once a Week
You don't have to water your lawn frequently. Grass typically only requires about an inch to an inch and a half of water each week. In addition, many areas can have stipulations on just how much you're allowed to water your lawn, for the sake of water conservation.
If you water your lawn too much, you can destroy its integrity. It will become accustomed to that constant water, and its roots will remain shallow. You should always strive to water once or a couple of times at most for a longer time, rather than water each day for shorter periods of time.
Water Your Lawn with the Right Tools
If you want to water the lawn correctly, at the right times, and in the right amount, you should invest in a sprinkler system that can do it for you. A sprinkler system with a timer and a rain sensor can help you keep your lawn in good shape.
There's even more complex system that can water your lawn based on more criteria, like the moisture content of the soil. Even if you water your lawn by hand, it's a good idea to have a simple sprinkler system in place for those times when you can't.