Lawn Care - Am I watering my grass right?

It’s a constant battle to get the perfect lawn. We understand your struggles and are here to help. When you write it all down, getting your lawn to where you want it may seem impossible. All you really need is the right products and enough patience to wait for it to grow. 

I’ve found that in the last few years, the things I thought were important are now on the back burner and I seem to be turning into my grandma more and more everyday. What am I most proud of at the moment? My lawn, indoor plants and baking. Does that scare me? I mean, it probably should, but in reality, not one bit. 

Okay, now back to what we’re really here to discuss...your lawn, and more specifically, WATERING. Originally, this article was going to be a quick 5 step how-to guide to getting the perfect lawn. When I sat down to start writing it, I realised I was kidding myself if I thought a “quick” 5 step blog was really going to help anyone. Unfortunately, there’s a lot to know when it comes to lawns (I’m not even going into gardens because they’re a whole other kettle of fish), and yes, you are going to have to really do some research to get it perfect. But what I am here to share with you is some knowledge about watering your lawn to start you off. After this article there will be plenty more to follow about weeding, fertilising and mowing, but lets just take it one step at a time. 

So the all important question...how much and how often should I water my lawn? I’m full of bad news today, because as you may have guessed, it’s not that simple. It depends on your soil type and quality, the season, what type of water you have, the amount of sun your lawn gets, and your climate. So, why did you bother writing an article saying you can’t help, you ask? Well, I’m here to teach you how you can figure it out for yourself. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

1. Water for longer, less often.

One thing that is a guarantee is that you should water longer, and less often. Watering your lawn deeply and infrequently promotes healthy and deep root growth. If you’re always watering your lawn, it doesn’t need to grow long roots to find moisture. When you water, try it for around an hour. You want to water deep enough into the soil that it reaches between 100-150mm from the surface. Use a little spade to dig down and check out your soil to see how far the moisture has soaked in. Depending on how hot it is where you are, try watering once every 2 days to start off and see how you go. You can use tap timers to schedule when your lawn is watered to save you the hassle of having to always be home. Browse timers here

2. Water early in the morning.

The timing of when you water is important too. Watering early in the mornings gives your lawn the best chance at soaking in all the moisture, as well as less wind to ensure accurate coverage from your sprinklers. Watering in the middle of the day is just a waste, especially in warmer months or hotter regions, the water will evaporate quickly, leaving your lawn thirsty. If you’re like us and live in the middle of nowhere, we have bore water, and in the middle of the day is like boiling water - it will literally burn your grass. Watering in the evening is okay too, but try to avoid watering at night as it can cause fungal issues for your grass. This is where your tap timers really come into play, so you can set and forget and don’t have to set your alarm every morning just for the sake of green grass. Browse timers here

3. Set up Sprinklers.

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If you find peace in watering your lawn by hand, that’s cool, but maybe water a garden bed instead. Hand watering lawns leads to poor coverage and often, not enough water. Obviously, if your lawn is only 1 square metre in size, you go right ahead and hand water that baby, but if not...invest in some sprinklers. These days, sprinklers are fancy as heck. You can buy ones that spray in a circle, adjustable ones that spray in a straight line, you can buy big boy ones that cover up to 20m in length or you can opt for the old fashioned dome sprinklers. Whatever you pick, it’ll be well worth it. Browse sprinklers here 

 

4. Listen to your grass.

It may sound crazy, but your lawn will speak to you. Not literally, but you will hear when it needs water. If it crunches when you walk on it, it needs water. If it’s wilting and going brown, it needs water. Keep in mind that your grass should be drying out between waters, it shouldn’t always be damp, so it’s a delicate balance. Also, if you’re like 98% of the population that have been overwatering their lawn, wean your lawn off slowly. Reducing the amount of water too quickly can cause too much stress and it might just up and die (not ideal). There will be a bit of an adjustment period during this time, so don’t freak out if your grass starts browning straight away, it has to learn to get used to less water and fend for itself! 

I know it doesn’t really seem like I’ve given you much help at all, but if nothing else I hope I have given you a little bit of motivation to keep having a crack. Having beautiful green grass is one of those things that you just can’t stop talking about -  so you go right ahead and be proud of your lawn. It’s a challenge and we totally get you! 

Until next time, 

Mary.

 

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