It’s that time of year when it’s essential to water your lawn to keep it healthy and in top condition. We thought it was a good idea to outline how to keep your grass hydrated, to stop it turning brown and even dying! Here are our top tips for watering your lawn this summer.

Tell Tale Signs Your Lawn Needs Water

After a prolonged sunny or dry spell, dehydrated lawns turn brown and frail. Your grass will start to first start to turn a yellowish colour, which is a clear sign that it needs watering. The grass also tends to curl and shrivel. Another good test is to see if your footprint remains on the grass for longer than usual.

When Should You Water Your Lawn?

The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning so that the grass has all day to dry and the water doesn’t instantly evaporate. Another option is to water it at night, this option requires less water so that it doesn’t stay saturated overnight.

How Much Water and How Often?

Too much water can push the air out of the soil, which leaves the grass without oxygen and at risk of turning rotten. A healthy lawn should be kept hydrated at all times by watering it thoroughly but not too often.

If there has been no rain during the summer, the lawn should be watered once or twice a week, with approximately 10 to 15 millimetres each time. If you don’t put enough water down the root system rises to the surface searching for the water. You can use a rain gauge to see how much water has gone into your lawn. Always make sure the water has time to sink in to the soil before you use a gauge.

What’s The Best Way to Water My Lawn?

If you have a rain barrel collecting water, you can use this water with a watering can to treat the most obvious areas of your lawn that require attention. You can also manually use a hose with a wide spread jet setting to liberally cover your entire lawn, although this can take quite a while if you have a large lawn. There are low cost sprinkler systems available which take away the manual effort and you can even buy electronic sprinkler systems that have a timer option to automate when you water your lawn.

We hope you have found this guide useful. At Radmore & Tucker we have been supplying garden machinery and lawn care equipment for over 60 years. If you want advice or assistance for your lawn drop in and see us or get in touch, we would be happy to help. You can also browse our wide range of leading mowers and robotic auto mowers here:

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