The condition of your yard's landscaping and lawn has a big impact on the appearance of your home. Keeping a lush, green lawn in hot climates can also help keep your home's interior cooler in the winter, which is an additional benefit for keeping a healthy lawn. Here are some tips to help you grow a healthier lawn for improvement to your home's exterior and your summer's air conditioning utility bill.
Water in the Early Morning
Watering your lawn early in the morning not only provides it with the moisture it needs to make it through the heat of the day, but it has additional benefits to you and your lawn. When you water your lawn early in the morning, as recommended between 4 and 10 a.m., there is less water lost to evaporation and from blowing winds. Morning hours are more likely to have little or no wind to affect your sprinkler's water droplets, so more water gets to the roots of your lawn and is not lost to the heat of the sun.
Watering your lawn early in the morning also prevents the water from remaining on your grass, as it will evaporate through the day. Watering your lawn in the evening allows the water to stay on your grass blades, which can cause disease and fungus to your lawn.
Water Less Frequently
You should be timing the watering you lawn to promote deep root growth, which results in a healthier and more drought-resistant lawn. Watering your lawn less frequently throughout the week for longer sessions helps your lawn's roots to grow to a depth where the water soaks. Shorter daily watering will train your roots to grow shallowly, which cause lead to lawn disease and sun scorching of the roots.
Your lawn needs approximately one inch to one and one-half inches of water each week. If you live in a more hot and dry climate or are having more extreme heat this summer, your lawn may need more water each week and you can adjust it accordingly. Measure the amount of water your sprinklers deliver to your lawn by placing an empty tuna can under the sprinklers and measure the water in the can periodically. When the water in the can reaches three-quarters of an inch, this is the time frame you will need to water your lawn bi-weekly.
Use these tips to help you keep your lawn healthy and green. For more information, talk to a company like Sunlight Landscape.