Best Times to Water Your Lawn During Hot Weather

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably caught yourself wondering when is the best time to water your lawn. Watering your lawn isn’t as simple as turning on the sprinklers and walking away – different seasons and temperatures call for different lawn watering schedules to ensure healthy grass that lasts throughout the year. It’s especially important to know when to water your lawn in the summer as the temperatures heat up, and that’s where we come in – check out this quick guide to summer lawn watering schedules. 

Why is a summer lawn watering schedule so important? 

Did you know that having the wrong lawn watering schedule can harm or even kill your grass? Too much water, too little water, and even irrigating at the wrong time of the day can have expensive consequences. Here are some key points to keep in mind when you’re setting up your summer lawn watering schedule: 

You need to know when to water grass in hot weather. 

  • Watering in the late morning or afternoon when the sun is high and strong will waste water – a good deal of it will evaporate before it can even get to the roots of your lawn. Watering at this time can even lead to scorched grass. 
  • Watering at night when it’s cool and dark can actually attract pests and lead to disease in your lawn. 
  • The best time to irrigate during the summer is early in the morning, ideally before 9 am. It’s best to water grass in the early morning window because the moisture and nutrients will be able to make it down to the roots, and your lawn has the rest of the day to dry before night falls. 

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You also need to establish a frequency for your lawn watering schedule. 

Believe it or not, you can actually water your grass too much in the summer. Some homeowners think the more water the better when it’s hot out, but that’s far from the truth. Too much water can lead to disease and a dead lawn. 

  • You have to take into consideration that your yard receives more rain in the summer, and that should be calculated into the frequency of your lawn watering schedule. 
  • As far as how often to water grass in hot weather, it’s better to do a few deep waterings than it is to water your lawn for a few minutes every day. Short, shallow waterings will evaporate and be less effective than deep waterings that have time to reach the roots of the grass. 
  • Overall, it’s best to water grass a few times a week in the summer with deep waterings (about ⅓ inch of water), and overall watering should amount to 1-1.5 inches every week. 

Additionally, it’s important to ensure you have the right sprinklers for your yard. You’ll be able to choose from options like rotating, stationary, and oscillating, all of which will distribute water differently to your lawn. If you’re unsure as to which is best for your yard, Hometown Landscape can assist you in choosing the most effective option. 

We can help you with your summer lawn watering schedule and care

If you need professional expertise putting together a lawn watering schedule to get you and your grass through the summer safely, contact Hometown Landscape today!