Do you know how to water your lawn the right way?
It’s a common mistake. Most people either under-water or over-water their lawns. Master Gardener Wayne Rhoden of the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service explains the right amount of water to use to keep your yard beautiful, healthy, and happy.
Too little: Watering a small amount every day is actually harmful to your lawn and other plants. If grass doesn’t get enough water down to its roots, the roots become shallow and weak, and the grass will die more easily.
Too much: Too much water is just as bad as too little. People often turn on their sprinkler systems and never look back. “You shouldn’t automatically water just because you can,” Wayne says. Too much water drowns plants and damages the roots.
Just right: Soak your lawn thoroughly when it needs it. Look at your soil and see if it’s moist, Wayne suggests. If in doubt, try the “squeeze test.” Take a small ball of dirt into your hand and squeeze. If it makes a ribbon out of the soil or leaves a wet imprint in your hand, your plants have enough water. If your yard needs a drink, instead of a five-minute daily sprinkle, try a 20-minute soaking once a week. This allows plants to absorb most of the available water in the soil before the next watering. Roots will grow strong and deep.
When to water: Early morning is the best time of day to water. Late evening is the worst because the lawn stays wet all night, making it more susceptible to disease.
Water restrictions: It’s not unusual for neighborhoods and cities in Texas to place limitations on water usage. But if you follow these guidelines, you should be able to maintain a beautiful yard as you adhere to water restrictions.
To check the current watering schedule for Georgetown residents, go to gus.georgetown.org/water. Did you know that you can get the city to send you an AquaAlert when you use certain amounts of water? Go to records.georgetown.org/Forms/Aqua-Alerts to sign up.