In many parts of the US, maintaining a green and healthy lawn during the summer depends on watering. Improve your irrigation and watering talents and use our lawn expertise to know how you can avoid brown or dry patches from popping up in your lawn.
Watering Your Lawn, How Much?
A rough estimate is to water your lawn with approximately 1 to 1.5 inches of water on a weekly basis from either rainfall or from lawn sprinkler systems. A simple way to verify whether the soil has enough hydration is to insert a screwdriver or similar item into the soil. It will give you an indication on the moisture level in the soil. In order to properly hydrate your grass and at the same time to conserve water, it would be beneficial to understand the different aspects that impact your watering schedule.
There are several grass types, brands but they can be split into two main groups: cool type grasses and warm type grasses. Each type is suitable for their season but there is also a third group called transitional type grasses which are suitable for both seasons. But the transitional type grasses grow in a narrow zone of climate change and not at the extreme levels.
The two main grass types need different amounts of moisture levels.
Warm season grasses, like St. Augustine, Zoysia, Bermuda and centipede flourish in warm temperatures. They grow deep roots which make them more suitable in withstanding droughts. An average, warm season type grasses will need around 20 percent less moisture levels than cool season type grasses.
Cool season type grasses include Bentgrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Rough Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Annual Ryegrass and Red Fescue. They usually receive regular rain intervals during the summer but will endure long periods of drought by going dormant, reviving when rain restarts.
The third type, transition zone grasses, fall between southern and northern grass regions. They include Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue, Zoysia and Thermal Blue. Neither cool season nor warm season type grasses prosper in the transition zone. However Perennial Ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue tend to do well across Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri.
You can learn more about the different types of grass in more detail at The Lawn Institute.
Read our next article about the different type of soils and their impact on your lawn. You can find it here: Different Soil Types For Your Lawn.
What is the best way to water your lawn? Let the sprinkler specialists at Sprinkler Bros help you out.