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How to Have a Healthy Lawn

Many people wonder if they are watering their lawn too much or too little. It is a good question to ask and it can be a confusing subject. If you live in a warm climate it can be difficult to tell exactly how much water your lawn needs to have a healthy lawn. Your lawn might look healthy, but this does not always tell the full story as even though the lawn looks healthy there could be underlying problems that can damage your lawn in the future. So even if your lawn is green and beautiful you may want to consult an expert to ensure the root structure and soil is also healthy and properly maintained.

Warm climates can be very hard on a lawn as well as gardens and shrubs. Many areas have water restriction as well which can affect how much water you’re allowed to use for irrigation each week. As a general rule, in a warm climate you want to run your sprinklers for approximately 30 minutes per cycle during warmer months. There’s some variations that can play into this as well, such as whether your sprinklers are pop up or rotator. But as a general rule, 30 minutes we’ll always keep you safe and we’ll not damage or lawn.

Many people think that 10 or 15 minutes is enough during warm months, and this is simply not the case. Another important factor to consider is what time of day you are running your sprinklers. If you are in a hot climate then it will be useless to run your sprinklers during the heat of the day, as the sun will evaporate water as soon as it touches the lawn. So it is always best to water your lawn right at sunrise for the best effect. This way the water will soak into the lawn, and then you also have the added benefit of healthy sunshine a few hours later to give your lawn maximum health and growth potential.

Another way to tell if you have a healthy lawn, in addition to the way it looks, is how does it feel when you walk on it. If your lawn feels firm and strong that is the sign of a healthy lawn. But if when you walk on your lawn your lawn feels mushy and sinks down this can be an indication of soil problems and root structure problems which will damage your lawn in the long-term. So if you are wondering if your soil and root structure is healthy, put on some heavy boots and go for a walk around your lawn to get a feel for how strong and solid your lawn is.

In summary, there are a few things you can do to tell if you have a healthy long, and some of these are as follows:

  • How the lawn looks – is it green and healthy, or burned out?
  • How the lawn feels – is it firm and strong, or loose and mushy?
  • What time of day are you watering your lawn?
  • How long is each irrigation cycle running?

If you answer these questions you will get a good feel for how well you are caring for your lawn. And for more information on maintenance of new lawns click here.