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Posted On 02/13/2013 20:17:05 by Tallahassee-Lawn-Services

Am I Watering My Lawn Too Much or Too Little?

by Travis Poppell, Tallahassee Lawn Services

 

 

While much of the country's grass is still frozen and under snow, Tallahassee is heading into spring in the coming weeks.

 

One question I get a lot from people is "Am I Watering My Lawn Too Much or Too Little." Here in North Florida, we have a different grass, different soil and different climate than other parts of Florida, nevermind the country. So it is not good to take the word of some guy on Good Morning America that lives in upstate New York.

 

Tip #1: Water in the morning

 

One of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy lawn is WHEN you water.

 

If you water in the Midday, when it is hot outside, you risk burning the grass as the water will be hot and get hotter once on the lawn. The water will actually evaporate faster than the soil can absorb it and it won't get to the roots.

 

  

If you water later in the day, after 4pm, when it starts cooling off - the water that accumulates on the blades of the grass will not evaporate.  Stagnant water, left to sit all night, will attract insects and grow fungus.

 

The best time to water your lawn is in the morning, specifically 7:30 - 8, because it is not too hot. This ensures the water gets to the roots and the grass absorbs it. Any accumulated water will evaporate throughout the day and prevent mildew from growing.

 

 

Tip #2: Get a Rain Gauge

 

Get a rain gauge and install it in a place it in your yard that gets water from your sprinkler system, but is not in a place that will get run over by the lawnmower.

 

You should be allowing 1 Inch of water to fall on your lawn each week - that is the combined total of rain plus sprinklers. 

 

At the end of each week, simply empty the gauge and start over.

  

However, if there is a lot of rainfall early in the week and the end of the week is very dry, you would want to give your grass a drink to hold it over until the new week starts.

 

Stay tuned for more expert advice for your yard, as the Tallahassee weather changes.

 

Travis Poppell is the owner of Tallahassee Lawn Services.  They specialize in lawn maintenance, shrub and turf care, tree and hedge trimming, weed removal, drainage work and pressure washing.

 

Family owned and operated, Tallahassee Lawn Services wants to make our hometown greener. If you have questions about lawn care or need a trusted name to care for your yard, give Travis a call at (850) 766-8370 for a free consultation or visit them online at www.TallahasseeLawns.com

 























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