Three Of The Most Common Things People Do Wrong When They Water Their Lawn

Watering is absolutely vital to your lawn's health, but it's not enough to just water. You've got to make sure you're doing it properly, or you could end up just wasting your time (or damaging your lawn). While watering a lawn seems pretty simple, there's actually a lot of science that goes in to it. Here's a look at three of the most common mistakes that people make when watering their lawn, and what you can do to avoid them.


During peak times, you lawn will need about 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week. That's it. Of course, that will vary a little depending on the time of year and the climate where you live, but that's a good rule to go by. Remember that it is best to have your watering done in one session per week, instead of breaking it down into two or three times a week. Disease on plants needs moisture to thrive, and by watering once a week, you're giving the plants the water they need, but inhibiting the growth of disease.

Not watering at the right time of day

Early in the morning, from 4 to 10 a.m., is considered the best time to water your lawn. If you water it during the day, you'll just lose most of your water to evaporation. This means you'll either have to use much more water to make up for the missing amount, or just have your lawn come up short. If you water your grass too late in the day, water will just sit overnight and grow fungus. Aside from cutting the grass too short, watering late in the evening or at night is actually one of the worst things you can do to your lawn.

Not watering the right areas

Water glistening on your tree or plant leaves can make for a pretty picture, but it doesn't do your plants much good. They need the water to be at their roots to be useful. If you're spraying water on your plants' leaves, that means there's water that's not getting to the roots. Make sure you're spraying in the proper areas. Get down low to the ground if you need to. Of course, even if you take these tips into account, watering your lawn can still be a tricky task. That's why you'll likely find that it's best just to trust the job to an automatic sprinkler. Today's sprinkler systems can be set to only only water at a certain time of day, but to take weather conditions into account. Add in the fact that sprinkler systems can be equipped with multiple heads to put out different sprays in different directions, and you can have all the hard work done for you in no time. If you're looking to install a new sprinkler system, look for landscaping companies like Steeplechase that also specialize in sprinkler installation. They will be able to tell you what is best for your lawn.