Watering is another crucial part of lawn care. I’ve been researching for a while all the best tips for watering in the summer heat. Our summer has already been miserable with 100-degree weather since May. It’s been hard on the grass!
1. DON’T WATER every day.
Watering every day makes grassroots shallow. The more shallow your grassroots are, the less hearty it will be in hot weather. Instead of water about two times per week for longer periods. The local lawn companies I have spoken with around my area (North Central Texas) recommend about 20-30 minutes per watering cycle twice a week.
We usually have water restrictions by the time July rolls around, so we are down to one day a week watering. I increase the water time to about 45-50 minutes when this happens. The pictures above are my lawn in August of last year when we had to water once per week. Still green!
2. WATERLESS ON AREAS WITH RUNOFF OR CLAY SOIL.
We have a large hill in the front yard with red clay underneath the grass (picture above), so it only needs about 10 minutes of water before it starts to run off. Be sure to check your area for runoff or different types of soil to avoid wasting water!
3. WATER IN THE MORNING!
Watering in the morning is the best time because the temperatures are the lowest this time of day. Even in the evenings, the wind can be stronger and the temperatures are much warmer which can cause more evaporation. Last night around 9:00 pm at my house it was still 96 degrees!
Mornings are the coolest part of the day, so make sure to get all your watering done as early as possible.
4. USE THE RIGHT TYPE OF SPRINKLER.
We have a sprinkler system, but we don’t use it because it doesn’t distribute water well, and it wastes too much also. I spoke with a lawn guy about my front yard area, and he recommended a regular sprinkler to attach to the rubber hose. It is just a basic one that sprays all at once instead of turning to different areas. This is a great sprinkler option! It waters lower, so less evaporation can occur.
If you do use a sprinkler system, make sure everything is angled very low so water gets on the grass before it starts evaporating.
5. CHECK FOR LEAKS.
If you have a link in your hose or sprinkler, less water will come out and it will waste water where it probably doesn’t need to go. Always check for leaks to ensure the water comes out efficiently and correctly.
6. USE A SOAKER HOSE
This is probably the best thing to do for water conservation in the extreme heat! When it is 100+ degrees and it hasn’t rained for months, it can be hard to keep the lawn alive without a high water bill. If you are on water restrictions, you don’t have an option anyway. Using a soaker hose is a great option. The cost to run it is low, and it allows almost no evaporation. I start using these in the middle of the summer to give the yard a good soak! This is also great for flower beds and house foundations! I love these flat ones.
7. MOW HIGHER
This isn’t a watering tip, but it does help the watering situation in the summer. Make sure you don’t mow the grass too short in the summer! It will make grass have a harder time surviving, and this makes watering more difficult too!