Lawn Watering Questions – Part I

How much water does grass need?

Water requirements vary based on grass species, time of year, geographic location, soil conditions, amount of shade, and overall maintenance of a lawn. Because these varied factors each affect a lawn, rigid guidelines for your lawn’s irrigation frequency may not be accurate.   Instead, let your lawn tell you when to run your lawn irrigation.

How will I know when to water?

Look for the following signs and consider watering when you see at least one of them:

  1. Folding leaf blades. Drought-stressed lawns will curl up their leaf blades lengthwise in an attempt to minimize leaf area.  Wilting is best seen on the older leaves of the grass plant, as the younger leaves are not fully developed and may appear wilted even when they are not.
  2. Blue-gray color. Drought-stressed lawns turn from green to bluish-gray.
  3. Footprints remaining visible. When footprints or tire tracks remain visible on your lawn long after being made, your lawn is experiencing drought stress.