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June 4, 2019

Taking Care of Your Lawn This Summer

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Even if you rely on JFC Grounds Maintenance for your summer lawn maintenance, you will still need to take care of watering it in between visits. While your neighbors might have sprinklers kicking on multiple times a day, many lawns end up suffering due to over-watering. We’re here to help!

When Should You Water the Lawn?

You can water the lawn at any time of day, but it won’t be as effective as possible. Watering before 10:00 AM is generally best for the lawn, as temperatures are cooler and the wind is typically less intense. This allows the lawn plenty of time to soak in as much water as possible before it evaporates. If you need to water after the morning hours pass, 5:00 PM will give the grass some time to absorb before the sun sets. However, the later in the day that you water, the higher the chance of fungus or disease setting in will be.

How Much Water Should You Use?

If your lawn is established, you should prioritize watering deeply and not frequently. When you water, the top 6-8 inches of soil should be wet. On average, most lawns need 1 inch of water every week from watering or the rain. In a rainy state like Maryland, it’s important to factor in summer downpours and thunderstorms into your rain calculations! The inch of water can either be completed during one long watering or divided up into two ½-inch watering sessions during the week.

How Can You Tell If You Watered Enough?

  • Check the soil every 15 minutes during the initial watering and use a screwdriver to see how deep the water has penetrated. Once it reaches the 6-inch mark, note the time.
  • If you use a sprinkler system, use the manufacturer recommendation to see how many minutes you should run your sprinkler system.
  • Use a flow or water timer to check on your lawn’s moisture. Multiply the square footage of your lawn by 0.62 gallons (an inch of water per square foot) and set the timer to turn off after the number of gallons noted.
  • Measure how long it takes for you to put an inch of water into the lawn using empty cans or dishes. How long does it take to accumulate an inch?

Trust JFC Grounds Maintenance

If you are interested in fighting weeds in your yard, you can rely on our groundskeeping and gardening experts. Ready to get your yard in excellent shape? Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call today at (410) 655-2887.