Lawn Care Tips

Lawn Care Tips from Neff Landscaping

Watering suggestions for a greener, healthier lawn.

  • An established lawn needs to be soaked, allowed to surface-dry, then soaked again. Sprinkling lightly wastes your time and water.
  • Since the roots of a mature lawn can be as deep as the length of this page, an uninterrupted supply of water is required from. May through October to insure that no ‘dry layers’ appear in the soil profile during the growing season.
  • lf daily high temperatures are below 80″F, your lawn needs 1/2 inch of water every 3-4 days (1 inch total Per week). lf daily high temperatures are 80-90″F, your lawn needs 1/2 inch of water every 2-3 days (1 1/2 inches total Per week). High temperatures over 90″F will require daily watering.
  • Try to water between 6-9 a.m. so that the blades of grass can dry before the hot afternoon sun can magnify and burn the water droplets onto the plant tissue, and so that your lawn can use the full amount of water that you provided without fear of loss to evaporation. (Contact your local water department to sign-up for their Summer Watering Program which can save you over 50% on the water used on your lawn.)
  • Watering during the evening hours can contribute to the overnight development of several types of lawn fungus.
  • All watering systems are different. A good way to measure your watering system’s output is to use 4-6 low containers with flat bottoms and vertical sides (tuna fish or cat food cans work well). Place these containers at various locations on your lawn, turn on your watering system, and time how long it takes for one inch of water to accumulate in one of the containers. Each time that you water your lawn in the future, water for that amount of time. (it may be helpful to leave one or two containers somewhere in your yard to measure rainfall, since one inch of rainfall would make one watering unnecessary.)
  • Finally, do not water your lawn on the day that it is scheduled to be mowed. lf mowing is delayed, try to also delay watering until mowing can be completed.