Proper lawn irrigation is an essential and vital part of your maintenance routine and for a healthy lawn.

Lawn Watering

  • Water As Needed: too much water can easily lead to lawn diseases. Symptoms showing that your lawn needs watering include a dull bluish color, rolled or folded leaves, or persistent footprints. In the hot months of summer you will want to water 3 times a week, in the cooler spring and fall months you may water only 2 times a week. In winter months, when your grass is dormant, you will still want to water a few minutes, once a week, to keep the roots healthy and to protect the foundation of your home.

  • Inground Irrigation Systems should be adjusted and maintained on a regular basis to insure that coverage is correct.

  • Water Distribution: To promote deep root growth and a healthier lawn, it is best to water to the point of saturation. Shallow watering is a potential threat to your grass. In spring, summer and fall you will want to put down about 1/3 inch of water on watering days. Attempt to perform your watering in the morning, preferably around dawn. Watering in the afternoon will often result in the evaporation of water, instead of ingestion into the root system. Watering in the evening leaves your ground moist overnight, and is therefore subject to disease and fungus.

  • Watering Management: It is easy to measure the amount of water you are dispersing, even if you don’t have a gauge. All you need is an empty tuna can. Simply place it in your lawn, turn on your sprinklers, and record the time required to fill the can to one inch. 1/3 of that time is the amount of time you want to water your lawn on watering days. For better saturation, especially with the density of the rich North Texas clay soil, you may need to water in two or three settings. i.e.: If it takes 15 minutes for your sprinklers to put 1/3 of an inch of water you could set your sprinklers to go off for 5 minutes at 3:00 AM, 5 minutes at 5:00 AM, and then a final 5 minutes at 7:00 AM. (Aerating your lawn at least once a year will increase saturation level of water and fertilizer.)

  • Drought Water Management: If you can only water one or two days per week, we recommend that you water 2/3 of an inch of water spread out thru the day. Using the above “Watering Management” criteria, you might water 10 minutes at 1:00 AM, 10 minutes at 5:00 AM and 10 minutes at 10:00 PM. On particularly hot weeks you might even add an extra watering, maybe 10 minutes at 5:00 PM.


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