No matter how long you spend planting sweeping palms and bee-friendly flowers in your garden, the lawn is undoubtedly the most important feature of any outdoor space.
But you don’t need to be green-fingered to take pride in manicured grass, as our team at Hort Culture has rounded up the top lawn watering tips for beginners.
From how often to turn your sprinklers on to the best time to water your lawn, look no further for the lowdown.
How often should I water my lawn?
A number of people water their grass on a daily basis in the hope of keeping the lawn healthy but in actual fact, this can lead to dehydration and unwelcome weeds.
Grass that is watered too often will develop a shallow root system meaning a summer heatwave could prove deadly.
Allowing time between regular watering will allow air to get to the roots and in turn, you’ll have a lawn which boasts a deep root system – making it stronger and more drought-resistant.
It is widely recommended that you deep water your lawn approximately one to two times a week.
Top tip: Make sure to keep your watering habits regular. Watering for longer periods of time less frequently will train your lawn to become tolerant of drought. In comparison, frequent but short bursts of watering will leave your grass thirsty.
How much water should I use?
The average lawn requires approximately one inch of water per week. If you are growing new grass, it’s important to keep the blades moist at all times during their establishment phase.
How do I know when my lawn needs watering?
How often you should water your grass is not a one-size-fits-all question.
It’s best to judge when your lawn needs watering by looking out for the following telltale signs.
- A great way to check if your grass needs watering is to tread firmly on the lawn. If the grass doesn’t spring back when you remove your foot, this is a sign that it needs watering.
- Wilting grass blades may indicate that the grass needs watering.
- If the grass is not green, this is another serious indication of dehydration.
When is the best time of day to water my lawn?
The optimal time to water your lawn is in the early hours of the morning, as the blades will hold the moisture throughout the hottest parts of the day.
Midday watering is not recommended as it will lead to evaporation (and eventually, dehydration) whilst watering at night may run the risk of infection with fungi likely to grow.
When is the best time of year to water my lawn?
In Australia, droughts and restricted water access are commonplace so it’s essential to switch up your watering habits depending upon the season.
In winter, you should limit how often you water your lawn (if at all) whilst the summer months call for more attention with watering recommended two to three times a week.
How to water your lawn?
It’s best to invest in a sprinkler system when maintaining a lush garden, as manual watering can result in an irregular finish.
Our team at Hort Culture knows how important it is to have a low-maintenance space so that’s why we offer irrigation system installation.
We can fit a drip line or spray system, leaving you time to enjoy yourself with a beautiful garden waiting to welcome you home.
If you have any further questions about maintaining your lawn then our team is always happy to help give you personal recommendations on everything from tackling weeds to the products needed to successfully grow new grass.