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Any home or business owner that has invested in their yard wants to keep your lawn healthy and green all season long. It should be no surprise that properly watering is one of the most important things you can do for your grass. Every summer brings new challenges to lawn maintenance in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. This is because we are usually in some drought stage, with limitations on how much we are allowed to water our lawns. Therefore, it is advisable to check with your local community guidelines to know what your regulations may be. Below is more information about what is advisable and how to achieve the best results while limiting the amount of water your household uses on your front and back lawn.
It is essential to realize that every lawn is different. This includes how much direct sunlight your yard receives to the type of grass that has been planted in your yard. This means that any number is simply a rule of thumb, and you may need slightly more or less water than recommended. The key is to keep your lawn green and healthy while avoiding being too dry or too soggy.
Your lawn should receive around 1 inch of water per week.This water is usually provided to the yard through sprinklers; however, we are sometimes offered enough rain to achieve around of inch of water per week. When your lawn gets an inch of water, the moisture will soak around 6-8 inches deep into the soil. This deep-water soaking will promote a deeper growth of the root structure.
You may think it is most helpful to keep your lawn watered daily. After all, we need to stay hydrated and consume liquids every day or become dehydrated. However, watering every day will likely result in a shallow root structure and create grass that quickly dries out. It would help if you made a watering schedule where your grass is watered 3-4 times a week.
Depending on your sprinkler heads, you will want to run each section for 15-25 minutes. If you are unsure how long you run your sprinklers, you can always check the manufacturer’s website to see recommended running times.
A good trick is to put a small container on your lawn, run your sprinklers, and measure the depth if you do not know. You will want the water to be about as high as a standard can of tuna fish.
Almost all modern sprinklers are programmable to run on certain days and times. In most situations, you will get the best results by running your sprinklers in the morning before it gets too hot. This means before 10:00 AM. This will allow the water to seep into the soil before evaporating by the sun.
Proper watering will avoid dry, crunchy grass or water-logged grass susceptible to diseases.