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Q&A: Lawn Watering Secrets

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sprinkler-2366751_1280QUESTION: Does it make a difference what time of day I water my lawn?

ANSWER: The best time to water your lawn is between 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., when the air is cooler and wind light. Midday warmth evaporates water too quickly. Evening watering may cause fungus and other lawn diseases since water can cling to grass overnight.

Here are some other important tips to keep in mind:

Water a maximum of twice per week. Sandy soils require every three days. Clay soils require once per week as they hold more moisture.

Soak soil 6 inches down. On first watering, measure depth every 15 minutes using a shovel. Then, time sprinklers to deliver the proper amount.

In-ground sprinklers are best. The next best for established lawns are pulsating, revolving sprinklers. New lawns need oscillating sprinklers as water lands softer and won’t push seeds away.

And remember always to follow your local watering ordinances.

Source: Popular Mechanics