Wet weather and watered lawns

Wet weather and watered lawns

The Kansas weather has delivered extra moisture this season. Though it’s a welcome change from drought-like conditions, don’t assume that all the water your lawn needs has been supplied by the sky.

Turf is healthiest when it receives about an inch of water per week. The most accurate way to determine if your lawn needs more or less water is to do a test of the moisture content at the roots.

Use your finger to take a soil sample and examine the results. Is the soil light-colored and hard? Your lawn could probably benefit from a heavy watering. If the soil has a muddy, waterlogged texture, it could be at risk for developing fungus. Soil that has an ideal moisture content retains its shape when molded and has a dark brownish color.

Use a rain gauge to take the rainfall amount at your location into account when calculating how much extra water your lawn needs.

The best way to get extra moisture to your grass is through long, infrequent waterings in the morning. Try giving your grass a thorough soaking every other day or every two days. In between, let it dry out. Adjust in accordance with rainfall as needed.

Using this approach helps your grass develop deep, healthy roots that stretch out to find moisture and nutrients.

If your home has an irrigation system, we can help you optimize it to give your grass the water it needs based on the weather conditions. We also install sprinklers and perform all services to help you have a healthy, lush lawn.