Today, we have finally gotten some much-needed rain.
Last evening around 6 pm, we were at a picnic. Just as we started to eat, a few rain drops splattered here and there. "It can rain all it likes in a couple of hours," I thought. However, it held off for the benefit of the picnickers.
This morning early there were a few more drops, just enough to wet the ground everywhere, but after I got to the office, it rained fairly steadily all day (at least until mid-afternoon).
This slow steady rain will be much more useful than a quick thundershower that pours down buckets in a short time. Much of that kind of rain will not soak into the ground; much will end up running off into the storm sewers. An all-day rain will penetrate deeply.
Just in case the summer continues to be hot and dry, here are some watering guidelines for your lawn. On the other hand, if giving you these tips will help the rain to fall on a regular basis (once a week, preferably at night) then so much the better.
When watering your lawn, it's best to water at least one inch (2.5 cm) per week, preferably all at one time. Deep watering will encourage deep rooting, which will help the lawn in dry weather. Frequent shallow watering discourages deep roots.
Watering in the mornings before the sun gets too hot is more efficient than watering during the heat of the day when a lot of water will be lost to evaporation. If you are paying for your water, why waste it!
Too much water can lead to fungus disease problems. Excessive moisture encourages soft succulent leaf blades that are more susceptible to disease infection.
Mow your lawn high. Set the cutter blade so that it cuts the grass 3 inches (7.5 cm) high. The longer leaf blades will shade the soil and the roots, so less water is lost to evaporation. The cooler soil temperatures are also beneficial to the lawn.
Aerate your lawn each year (spring or fall) to improve water penetration. Apply a high-quality grass seed after the aeration to increase the lawn's density.
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