As we settle into Spring, it’s time for a refresher on the best times to water your lawn, how often you should be doing it and for how long. These are important not only for getting the best results from your lawn but for saving water too!
Here in Queensland, we are used to the hot and dry climate, and our grass has acclimated to it. We have also lived through the days of water restrictions which have impacted how we use water today. Therefore, proper watering practices are essential to maintaining a healthy, lush lawn, while also being mindful of our water usage.
The answer to this largely depends on the variety of lawn you have, the season, your soil type and whether your lawn is new or established. In Queensland, the most common grass types are Couch, Buffalo, and Zoysia. Zoysia, for example, can go longer periods without watering. Conversely, new grass will require more water then lawn that has been in place for years. Knowing your grass type will help determine its water requirements - allowing you to tailor your watering schedule accordingly. Aim for deep, infrequent watering sessions rather than frequent shallow ones. Watering 2-3 times a week is usually sufficient.
The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning, after the dew has evaporated but before the heat of the day sets in. This is worth noting especially as we get into the hotter months of the year. We suggest watering between 6-10am. We don’t recommend watering your lawn at night because it might leave your lawn wet overnight which could cause fungal growth in your grass.
Following the weather forecasts or using a weather app can help you determine when you should water your grass and when you can simply sit back and let the clouds do the work! Having an idea of when rain is on its way will help avoid over-watering your lawn. You can then monitor rainfall and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. These little measures go a long way in saving your water bill and minimising water wastage.
Before watering, dig a few inches into the soil to check moisture levels. If the soil is still moist, delay watering. If it's dry, it's time to get watering!
Water in shorter cycles if you notice runoff occurring. This gives the soil time to absorb the water properly.
Periodically aerate your lawn to improve water penetration into the soil. This helps the roots access water more effectively.
Every lawn is unique, so it might take some experimentation to find the ideal watering routine for you. By following these guidelines and observing the needs of your lawn, your garden will be looking its prime in no time. If you have any questions about how to maximise your watering capabilities get in touch with our friendly team today!