How often should I water my grass?
|Grasses with a shallow root
system should be watered for shorter periods of time and more frequently; allowing for
shallow root expansion and more growth in the plant. Grasses with deep root systems need
to be watered for longer periods of time and less frequently to help develop deeper root
growth. Watering past the saturation point doesnt accomplish any purpose, the soil
will only accept so much.
Depending upon where you live
nature sometimes takes care of the water situation and grass should be watered only when
it begins wilt, pale in color or have no resiliency. This is during a "normal"
weather. On days of extreme heat more water is lost through evaporation than plants can
handle and become wilted from the stress of the heat. Since the blades can absorb some
water it can be beneficial to mist the grass (for a short period) through the hottest time
and allow it to regain its integrity until night time and dew revive the grass.
|LawnIrrigation.com - Watering Frequency
This varies depending on the soil
type. Clay loam soils in a cool season zone need less
irrigation than a sandy soil in a hot climate area. More
frequent irrigation is desirable on sandy soils, but with less
applies each application.
An irrigation systems actual
application rate must be configured to supply water based on
your particular soils infiltration rate. A lot of
factors can effect this rate including amount of compaction,
soil texture and structure, and even the slope of your lawn
area. With some soils the infiltration rate is so slow
that you must use repeated light irrigations to wet the soil
to the correct depth.
ACCEPTABLE INFILTRATION RATES FOR SOILS:
Sands: .5 to 1.0 Inches per hour.
Sandy loam: .3 to .5 inches per hour.
Loam: .2 to .4 inches per hour.
Clay soils will require even lower application rates.