Making sure your lawn looks great not only improves your home’s curb appeal, but it can contribute to higher overall property values for your neighborhood. One of the keys to keeping your lawn looking its best is keeping it healthy, and one of the biggest factors in your lawn’s health is how effectively it’s watered.
Some people may not know this, but the best time to water your lawn is in the early morning or even the late evening. Early might mean different things to different people, but basically, it means watering before the sun begins its most powerful onslaught around 10:30-11:00 am. By this time, the temperature is too high and the sun’s intensity too great to water effectively, and doing so may even directly damage your lawn.
One of the primary reasons that you want to water in the early morning instead of any other time, is that the temperature will be the lowest. If you are in an area that cools off significantly in the evenings near sunset, this may also be a great time to get the sprinkler going.
Texas gets hot, there’s no way around that, and while watering your lawn in the heat of the day may seem to some like a great way to cool it off, it does the opposite. Watering during midday means you are wasting an incredible amount of water to evaporative loss.
During the early morning and the later evening, there tends to be much less wind than during the peak of the day. This is another reason that watering during these periods can be more effective than at other times. In general, the wind isn’t going to be blowing hard enough to disrupt your watering, but in some cases, a constant wind or breeze can prevent the water from falling where it needs to.
If you happen to be looking at the weather and it looks like you’re going to be hitting a dry spell, be sure you water heavily for the weeks and days leading up to the drought. This will give the water a chance to soak into the soil more deeply, helping to provide a source of moisture during the long dry periods.
Letting your lawn dry out a little bit before you water helps the grass to develop deeper root structures, which are important for lawns to be able to survive long dry spells. If you happen to notice your lawn is looking a little dry, after a particularly sunny and hot day, for example, let it go for another day or so before you give it a good drenching. Your grass will push roots deeper and will survive the dry intervals better.
If you think you may be having an issue keeping your law properly hydrated, you may want to consult with a local lawn care expert. Reach out today to discuss options for keeping your lawn looking its best, such as watering and feeding needs.