Quick Tips

  • Use a rain gauge. Lawns need 1.0 to 1.5 inches of water per week. Apply the needed difference. Tuna cans work just fine.
  • Don't water everyday. Twice a week is fine using 1/2 to 3/4 inch of water each time. This is important in sandy soil to prevent nitrate in fertilizer from leaching below the root zone.
  • Water slowly and deeply so water soaks into soil. Avoid runoff; it wastes water and contaminates nearby water bodies!
  • Water in the morning. Hours between 6 am and 10 am are best. Avoid night time irrigation; it encourages fungal diseases.
  • Let it go dormant. Most perennial grasses have the ability to go dormant during dry spells; that is, they turn brown and stop growing. Such grass is very much alive and can survive for weeks until moisture returns.