Watering and the Myth of Every Day
During hot, dry spells, a healthy lawn can thrive on just one inch of water per week.
Deep but infrequent watering encourages deep root growth and fortifies the grass against drought conditions. One simple way to tell if your grass needs water is to step on it. If it springs back, there is ample moisture. If it lies flat, it needs water.
If you use an irrigation system, time your system to water between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. to avoid competing with early morning indoor water use and to minimize evaporation.
Install a sensor that will gauge moisture content and will override your irrigation system's cycle if the ground is already wet enough.
Drip systems are the Water Smart way to deliver water directly to the roots of trees, shrubs and flowers and protect plants from water borne diseases.
If you don't use an irrigation system, and must water during the day, water in the late afternoon to decrease evaporation and give the grass time to dry before nightfall.
To make sure you are watering just 1", attach an automatic shut-off valve (they retail for under $15) to the spigot to turn the water off after it has delivered the right amount.