It is really important to make sure your lawn has enough water to thrive, particularly during the spring and summer months. Here’s our tips on watering your lawn and how often you should water established or newly sown lawns.
When to water
The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning to avoid water evaporation and to prepare the grass for the day to get dry again. Avoid watering when sun is at its peak or when is wind.
Your grass will need water if you step, or put pressure on it and it doesn’t come back to its position. It will also need water if the blades become wilted or if it’s starting to change to a dull colour.
How often to water
It is better to water your lawn thoroughly 1-2 times weekly during the warmer months, rather than several times lightly. This watering technique will promote a healthy root development, making it more resistant to drought. Generally, established lawns are able to survive drought by going dormant (brown) and re-growing later using the energy saved in the root systems.
Remember, when it rains, lawns are already getting the water needed (no need to increase your water bill!). Over watering can be detrimental and cause fungus developments or other disease.
Newly sown lawns
It is essential to keep new seed and turf watered whilst it is establishing, this will help to promote strong root growth. Water lawns that are sown or laid in the spring or autumn, especially in dry weather. New lawns require water in hot, dry spells to ensure establishment.
What to do in drought conditions
During drought periods, leave the grass to grow longer so it shades the roots. If the lawn goes brown (dormancy), it will almost always recover. You can also help your lawn tolerate drought by keeping it well fed, free from weeds and moss.
What equipment to use
Make sure you check your hose and water equipment to make sure is in tip-top condition. If you use sprinklers choose a good quality oscillating model, such as a FloPro sprinkler. Set it up to water as evenly as possible. Children can enjoy this too! Check and correct the setting if water is running off the lawn.
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