Your lawn may not need as much water as you think. Grass clippings are composed of 85% water so keeping them on your lawn is a good source of water.
Tips for Keeping a Healthy Lawn:
- A healthy lawn requires about 1 inch of water a week
- Use a rain gauge to measure rainfall and watering
- Use a sprinkler that shoots low to the ground - oscillating sprinklers often loose water to evaporation
- Set your mower height high (2 ½ inches or higher); lawns maintained at higher heights usually develop deeper roots and dry out slower
- Determine your lawn's watering needs - if footprint in the grass does not spring back, watering is needed
- Brown grass is dormant and not dead - dormant grass cannot be brought back to green once it has gone dormant
- Dormant lawns only need about ¼ to ½ inch of water every 2-3 weeks
Here are some simple steps you can take to change the amount of lawn watering you do that will help keep our water clean:
- Watch the weather. Don't water if a one-inch rainstorm has occurred in the last week.
- Postpone watering if the forecast calls for rain.
- Don't set a schedule for watering; apply only when needed
- A good soaking once or twice a week is better than watering every day. Allowing the soil to dry, allows the roots to grow to greater depths.
- Water in the early morning hours, before 9:00 am
- Don't water heavily after applying fertilizer
- Set up your sprinkler so it only waters the lawn and not nearby paved surfaces