What’s the Best Time to Water Your Lawn?

Watering your lawn might seem like a no-brainer to many. However, chances are good that you’ve been overwatering without even knowing it, causing a spike in your water bill especially during the hot summer months. We’re here to give you some tips regarding the best time to water your lawn in order to lessen the amount of wasted water and keep your lawn lush and green on a budget.
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First off, the best time to water is when the sun hasn’t yet reached full power. You should preferably water your lawn between the morning hours of 6 – 10 a.m. when dew is still on the grass and pavement. This means that less of the water you are using will evaporate, meaning more of it gets to your grass and in the soil. If you water deeply but infrequently (about 2-3 times per week is all you need), you will save water right away. If you cannot water in the morning, then the next best time is between 4 – 7 p.m., when the sun is starting to wind down. Watering after dark actually isn’t a great choice, since it means that your lawn will stay wetter for longer, inviting mildew and fungi to grow in the earth.
If you need to remember one thing, it’s that you should never water between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest. More water will evaporate into the air, wasting you money. Additionally, if the forecast is particularly windy or hot, skip watering that day and instead opt to water on more mild days. Following the above tips will help you to lessen the amount of water you are wasting, which is good for your bill and for the environment. Your soil also will maintain a balanced level of nutrients since you are not overwatering and causing leeching.

But I Don’t Have Time in the Morning to Water – What Do I Do?

If you are too busy in the morning to water your plants, or you plan on going on a long vacation with no one to watch your yard, our professionals can install a water timer or drip system for you. Ask us today about how we can help!