Water The Lawn Or Not? Morning or Evening? We Have Answers!

July 13, 2010

Often our clients tell us that one of the most confusing aspects of lawn care is whether or not to water their lawn – and WHEN!   Should you water your lawn or not?  Is it best to water in the morning, mid-day or evening?  It seems that everyone has their own opinion.

Here’s what we believe is best, based on our research.

Water your lawn early in the day, if at all possible.  It’s best to water in the morning, when lawns are normally wet from dew.  Avoid midday watering because most of the water will simply evaporate rather than provide enough moisture for the lawn.

The theory with night watering is that the potential chance of some diseases gaining a foothold in your lawn is increased. The exception to this is when the weather is extremely hot, and nighttime temps don’t go below 68 degrees. In this scenario, it’s actually better to water in the late afternoon or early evening.

To recap, early or late in the day reduces the amount of evaporation that takes place during the very hot day, allowing more water to reach the root zone.

It’s not to allow a lawn to become somewhat dormant due to dryer conditions, however, if your lawn begins to turn brown or dry out excessively, it makes perfect sense to water it as noted above.

Be careful not to over-water your lawn.  The roots will not grow deeply and your lawn then becomes more susceptible to crab grass and other weeds.

As with most things, balance is good!  =)

If you need help with your lawn, call us for a free consultation.  Cell: 802-343-6378

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Brenda August 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

You’re always right Sweetie !!

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