dreamstime_10219057The landscape design is done, the lawn is in, and now it’s time to start taking care of it. We certainly hope you’ll continue to use Snell and Associates Landscape Contractors for your mowing services, but unfortunately we can’t camp out on your lawn and be there seven days a week (besides, if we camped out then the tent would be sure to cause the grass to turn yellow). We can help you set the sprinkler system up, but we want to make sure you know the reasoning behind when, how often, and for how long you should water.

What Time Of Day?: We’d like to advise that you water around 4 a.m. Two reasons: First, it gives the water time to soak into the soil before the sun comes up and evaporate it. Second, the early morning is typically the least windy time of day, so it won’t blow the water from your sprinklers all over the place.

There are two times of the day that are absolutely horrible to water. First, at night. Watering at night allows enough time to fungus to grow, and it can take hold and cause problems as quickly as overnight. Second, don’t water when it’s hottest, such as between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m; much of the water evaporates before it reaches the grass.

How Often?: We recommend up to twice a week, but as little as once a week. You shouldn’t water with just a little water too often, because then the grass has no incentive to grow deep roots, searching for water. Likewise, watering too much can lead to runoff, which just wastes water and could cause erosion issues.

And For How Long?: However long leads to about an inch a week is right for most lawns, though it might depend on your type of grass. A tuna can is about an inch deep, so many people put them out on the lawn in order to measure how much grass your lawn is getting.

After we’ve taken care of your landscape design, we want to give you the right information to keep your lawn looking as good as possible. Call us for all of your landscaping services needs!