When Should I Water My Lawn in the Summer?
In the harsh summer heat, dehydration is a major concern. Whereas people can feel lightheaded and weak when they don’t drink enough water, a lawn that doesn’t get enough water is subject to root damage and a dull, brown appearance. That’s why it’s critical to perform deep watering applications (1 to 1½ inches) once or twice a week, based on how dry conditions are.
While this speaks to the importance of watering your lawn, there’s also a conversation to be had when a lawn is watered. The timing of lawn watering can not only impact its effectiveness but in a worst-case scenario, contribute to the spread of new lawn diseases and pest infestations.
The Best Time to Water Your Lawn in Summer Is…
The morning — more specifically, anytime before 10 a.m.
For water to improve the health of lawns, it first needs to be properly absorbed. That’s one of the reasons it’s best to water your lawn in the early morning hours in the summer, as well as the spring and fall. Whereas too much sun and heat mid-day can cause water to quickly evaporate, the cool temperatures and calm winds of the morning give water a chance to soak into the soil and reach grass roots.
While water is absorbed into a lawn, it not only delivers nutrients to grass roots, but it also helps keep the lawn cool in the hours that follow. This covers the hottest parts of the day when lawns are most prone to heat stress — an issue that can trigger the onset of lawn diseases, insect infestations and bare spots. While rebounding from the effects of heat stress can be difficult, watering your lawn in the early morning helps prevent the issue in the first place, while saving wasted water.
What about watering at night? While the evening hours may seem like a convenient time to water your lawn, the problem with this route is that lawns will remain wet overnight as there is no sunlight to help fuel absorption. This wet foliage can become a breeding ground for fungal diseases (like dollar spot) that tend to thrive in moist, humid conditions.
Keep Your Lawn Hydrated All Summer Long
Between high temperatures and heavy foot traffic, lawns can feel a lot of stress in the summer. Paired with the proper mowing techniques and a fall overseeding, sticking to an early morning watering schedule that uses the right amount of water will help develop deep root systems that keep lawns protected throughout the summer season.
With the goal of helping Lush Lawn & Safari Tree customers keep their lawns hydrated amid hot, dry conditions, we offer a water maximizer treatment as part of our lawn care services. This organic solution is designed to loosen soil so that water can better penetrate the surface and be absorbed into root systems. So while you’ll cut your monthly water bill in half, you’ll also — with the proper watering techniques — maintain the health and appearance of your lawn all summer.
Interested in a water maximizer treatment or other services for your Southeast Michigan lawn? We’d love to hear from you. It all starts with requesting a free quote.