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Summer Watering in Atlanta: What You Need to Know

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Watering your lawn is essential during the height of the summer months. But it can be a tricky practice to get just right. If you water too little, too much, or at the wrong time of day, you can unwittingly stress your lawn. Here, we’ve created a detailed guide that explains how and when you should water your lawn this summer.

When to Water: Watering your lawn in the early morning hours (before 9:00 or 10:00 AM) is best. The water will sink into the soil and nourish the lawn without quickly evaporating in the sun. If you wait until mid-day, the droplets of water can act as mini magnifying glasses and cause the sun to scorch the tips of the grass blades. And watering at night can cause the moisture to sit for too long, which can create the perfect environment for tough summer fungal diseases. Keep your turf happy by sticking to an early morning schedule.

How Much to Water: You only need about an inch per week. If you’re unsure how long to run your sprinkler system to reach an inch of water, place a measuring cup to catch the water and set a timer. That way, you’ll be able to gauge an accurate reading and keep your lawn from becoming too parched or too saturated.

Where to Water: Make sure the different areas of your lawn all receive the inch of water they need. Also, if you have a sprinkler system, take note of how much water your shrubs and trees are receiving. Since they have different needs from grass and likely different needs from one another, make sure you’re following the guidelines for your specific plants.

Watering your lawn to keep it at its healthiest may seem like a simple task – and it is, if you know how to do it the right way. With our watering tips, your Atlanta lawn should thrive despite the hot temperatures.