We all know that water is essential to keeping our lawns and plants happy and healthy. It’s important, though, to make sure you are watering properly. While it seems like you can water your lawn anytime during the day, it needs more specific care. Watering in the morning before 10:00 a.m. is the best time for your lawn. It’s cooler, so water can soak into the soil and be absorbed by the grass roots before it can evaporate. Watering in the early evening should give the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. It’s worth noting that you don’t necessarily need to water your lawn. Lawns are resilient. Established and properly cared for lawns can survive for weeks without water by going dormant when the lawn turns brown, then recovering once the rain returns.
Most lawns need 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week to maintain their healthy appearance, either from rain or watering that will soak the soil. When watering your lawn, do so infrequently during the week and let the soil be your guide. Deep watering once or twice weekly encourages deep root growth and drought tolerance. Just be sure not to overwater your lawn, as this can lead to shallow root growth that is more susceptible to heat wave damage.
Spikes in summertime water use during the early morning hours between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., put a burden on our water system to meet the morning demands. To lessen this burden, we encourage customers to water a little later in the morning or early evening. Canby is called “The Garden Spot” for a reason, so let’s work together to ensure we water wisely so that there is plenty of water for everyone!