- Water your lawn only when it needs it. The first 3 to 4 inches of soil below the turfgrass should be dry before you water.
- Use an electronic soil tester to test the soil moisture, or use a trowel or a screwdriver to open the soil and feel it with your finger.
- Another way to test when your lawn needs water is to step on the grass. If you can easily flatten the grass with your foot, you should water it. If the grass regains its form quickly after you step on it, wait to water.
- It is always a good idea to water in the cool of the early morning or the evening to reduce the levels of evaporation. Watering in the morning is best as the water may sit overnight and create issues with root or fungal diseases.
- One inch of water a week is a good rule of thumb for your lawn. However, this can depend on where you live and your soil quality. Soil type can make a big difference on how efficiently your lawn uses water.
- Adding organic compost to your garden soil is one of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your lawns water use. “Bumper Crop” is one of the best types of organic compost available.
- Mow your grass correctly using “grasscycling” meaning leaving the grass clippings on your lawn. The clippings act as a natural mulch, retaining moisture and returning nutrients to the soil. This will improve the soil texture and water retention.
- Removing weeds will also help your grass use water more efficiently as weeds compete with your grass for water.
- When seeding your lawn, look for drought resistant and water wise grass seed.
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