Watering and Irrigation Advice

Let’s face it; everybody needs advice in life. And while we can’t help you with what car to buy, where you should move, or how to solve that relationship issue, we can show you how to take care of your lawn!  A lush, green lawn is the reward of intentional maintenance and care, but it doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck. In this article, we’re here to give you some pro tips on watering and irrigation so that your lawn stays healthy and vibrant. And who knows? You may even pick up some other life lessons along the way. 

Understanding Your Lawn’s Water Needs

Every lawn has unique water needs influenced by a variety of factors such as grass type, soil type, climate, and lawn size. For example, warm-season grasses like Bermuda and Zoysia require less water compared to cool-season grasses like Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass. Similarly, sandy soils drain faster and may need more frequent watering than clay soils, which retain moisture longer. It’s important to recognize signs of overwatering and underwatering. 

“How do I do that?” you may ask? Good question. 

Overwatered lawns often exhibit a spongy feel and can develop fungal diseases. Under-watered lawns, on the other hand, may show wilting, discoloration, and dry, brittle grass blades.

What are the Best Practices for Lawn Watering?

First, make sure to water your lawn early in the morning, ideally between 4am and 10am. This allows the water to soak into the soil before the heat of the day causes evaporation. Watering in the evening can lead to prolonged moisture on the grass blades, increasing the risk of disease.

Secondly, adjust your watering schedule based on the season and weather conditions. During hot, dry periods, you may need to water more frequently. As a general rule, aim for about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, including rainfall.

Keep in mind also that deep, infrequent watering encourages deeper root growth, which makes your lawn more drought-resistant. Watering to a depth of 6 to 8 inches is ideal. You can measure this by placing a few empty cans around your lawn and stopping when they collect about an inch of water.

Irrigation Systems: Types and Tips

When it comes to putting an actual system in place, you have many options: 


Sprinklers are versatile and suitable for most lawns. Choose between stationary, oscillating, and rotary sprinklers based on your lawn’s size and shape. Ensure your sprinkler system provides even coverage and periodically check for leaks or clogged nozzles.

Drip Irrigation:

Drip systems deliver water directly to the soil, reducing evaporation and runoff. They are particularly effective for garden beds and landscaped areas but can also be adapted for lawns.

Soaker Hoses:

Soaker hoses release water slowly along their length, making them ideal for gardens and narrow lawn strips. They are easy to install and conserve water by minimizing evaporation.

Creating an Efficient Watering Schedule

Base your watering schedule on your lawn’s needs and local weather patterns. Keep in mind that you may need to adjust the frequency and duration of watering sessions according to seasonal changes. For example, lawns require more water during hot, dry summers and less during cooler, rainy periods.

You can also consider investing in smart irrigation controllers and moisture sensors. These devices adjust your watering schedule based on real-time weather data and soil moisture levels, ensuring your lawn gets just the right amount of water.

Water Conservation Tips

Well, we’ve talked a lot about how to use water but before we finish we should say something about how to conserve it, too. Thankfully there are plenty of effective ways to integrate water-saving techniques into your lawn care routine. 

Mulching: Apply mulch around trees, shrubs, and garden beds to retain soil moisture, reduce evaporation, and prevent weed growth.

Proper Lawn Care Practices: Regular mowing, aeration, and fertilization help maintain a healthy lawn that requires less water. Keep your grass at the recommended height for its type to promote deep root growth and reduce water loss.

Rainwater Harvesting: Collect rainwater in barrels and use it for lawn and garden watering. This sustainable practice reduces your reliance on municipal water and can significantly lower your water bills.

What’s the Takeaway? 

Proper watering and irrigation are essential for maintaining a healthy, vibrant lawn. By understanding your lawn’s water needs, using the right irrigation systems, and creating an efficient watering schedule, you can bring your luscious lawn to life.

For more personalized advice or assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Elements Lawn & Pest. We’re here to help you with any of your lawn maintenance needs!

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Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

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