Watering Your Lawn in Atlanta
Water is essential to the survival of all living things. Your lawn included. The majority of landscaping problems stem from water-related issues. Overwatering can have adverse affects just as under watering can. It’s important to find the proper balance for your lawn’s health. Most turfgrass grown in Georgia needs about an inch of water per week to grow, and springtime is a critical time of growth for your grass. One way that you can check to see if your turf is receiving enough water is to take a screwdriver and push it into the soil. If it sinks down 4-6″, your lawn has enough moisture. Just keep in mind that as the weather heats up and spring showers lessen, watering your lawn is still a must to check off your lawn care list.
How Does Your Lawn Use Water?
Water in plants is like blood running through your veins. It has the crucial job of carrying nutrients throughout the plant’s system. When you water your grass, water is sucked up through the roots along with minerals and nutrients from the soil. All of these components are required for plants to make food through photosynthesis. The extra water and waste is discharged through the pores on each blade of grass, replacing oxygen and releasing water vapor. Without proper watering, this entire cycle can be brought to a halt, killing your grass.
Watering Best Practices
There are various guidelines to keep in mind when watering your grass to help it achieve its highest level of health. Follow these tips to keep your grass hydrated and your lawn looking its best during springtime:
The Frequency and Amount
- When rainfall is scarce, you’ll need to give your turfgrass at least one inch of water each week.
- During hotter and drier weather, increase watering up to an additional half-inch to an inch.
- Again, use the screwdriver technique to gauge your lawn’s water intake. If it sinks down 4-6″, your lawn has received enough water.
When to Water
- Timing is everything when it comes to watering. Aim to water your lawn in the early mornings to give it a chance to absorb into the soil throughout the day.
- Water when the wind is calm. Windy conditions can cause evaporation and water to drift in areas you don’t want it to go.
- Be attentive to your lawn and only water when it needs it. Once you notice any of the following signs of stress, it is time to water your lawn: yellowing or a gray-green color, curling grass blades or even imprints remaining from foot traffic.
- Practice proper mowing habits and raise your mower blades half an inch in the peak of summer. Only remove one third of the blade length at each cutting. Cutting your grass too short will cause you to scalp and damage your lawn.
Even with treatments and a variety of other services we offer to help you yard, without proper watering, your lawn will never reach its full potential. Put these watering strategies to work and get the most out of your lawn. If you are in need of a sprinkler system to help with consistency, or want advice on how to run the one you currently have, we are happy to help. Simply call 770.447.6037 or ask your Certified Landscape Specialist to assist you.