Water your lawn properly with this easy to use information.
- Purchase hose-end sprinklers or install a below-ground automated system.
- Test your sprinkler output and consistency of coverage: Place flat-bottom cups or cans within the sprinkler pattern and measure the water over a given time. Make adjustments as necessary so the entire lawn is watered evenly.
- Water early in the morning, or when the winds are calm and enough daylight is left to dry the leaves before nightfall.
- Apply enough water to wet the rootzone to 6 to 8 inches deep with each irrigation, and let the soil dry partially between irrigations. To avoid producing runoff, run the sprinklers in cycles, turning sprinklers on for 10 minutes, turning them off to let the water soak in, then repeating.
- Adjust the watering schedule depending on weather, seasons and rainfall. Grasses generally require more water during their active growing season than when they're dormant, though all grasses need an average of 1-2 inches of water per week in summer; cool season grasses can take more than this in winter.
- Set automated timers so you don't forget to turn the water off. STEP 7: Maintain sprinkler systems so they operate efficiently. Watch them run, and make adjustments and fix clogs or leaks as necessary.