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When To Start Watering the Lawn

have you ever wondered when you should

begin watering your lawn today I'm going

to give you a few thoughts on that and

also share a few thoughts on watering in

general so stay tuned

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if you're not receiving much rain in the

spring then watering can actually begin

right away as soon as you're not

receiving one inch of water per week on

the lawn as you get a little more

familiar with your lawn over time you're

going to start to notice the signs of

when it's looking dry and when it's

going to need water typically in the

spring and fall the temperatures are

going to be much lower so evaporation

rates are going to be much lower as well

so usually the soil holds on to moisture

a little bit easier in the spring in

fall because we don't have those hot

temperatures and the hot Sun taking away

all that moisture out of the soil but

what if it's springtime and you're

already noticing some drying of your

lawn let's take a look at my yard as an

example

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so I'm located in the Midwest where we

normally have much cooler temperatures

in the spring and fall and because of

this our soil is going to hold on to

that moisture a lot better however last

fall we were pretty dry in general where

I'm located and then although some of

you got a lot of snow this year we

didn't get a ton of snow of where I'm

located so that wasn't a whole lot of

moisture then going into spring here we

have not had a whole lot of rain to

start out the spring either so my grass

was starting to look a little bit rough

and you're gonna notice this especially

on areas that are near your concrete

sidewalks or your driveway or something

like that this is the area that warms up

the quickest because the Sun warms up

the concrete and then the soil is

sitting right next to that and then it's

gonna dry out the quickest so look at

these areas first see what the grass is

telling you as far as mine goes you can

see that the grass was beginning to wilt

in a few areas it's just overall looking

pretty stressed out and like it needs a

drink of water now to some extent we

want to stress the grass just a little

bit because we don't want the grass to

get watered day by day by day because

this is going to lead to a very shallow

root system so we want to stress it just

a little bit so that goes deeper into

the soil to look for the extra moisture

this is gonna create deeper roots and

this is just going to help the lawn

overall however once it starts to begin

this will - look or there's some really

dry spots in there that you can see

overall and this is a good time to begin

to water and also keep in mind as far as

our watering goes over all pay attention

to the weather forecast because if you

have some rain coming in the forecast

you know a few good chances at least I

know we can't trust the forecasts all

the time but if you have a few good

chances then kind of decide if maybe

rain is one or two days off then maybe

you could let the grass go but if it's

looking like it's three four five maybe

a week off before you're seeing much in

the forecast then that would probably be

the time that I would start to water so

that leads us to the question then of

how much should be water and you've

probably heard me at the beginning of

this video say we need one inch of water

on the lawn per week this is just an

average figure it doesn't have to be

exact but most people would probably

think okay well then if we need one inch

then I'm just going to put a small

amount on every single day of the week

and then that'll lead up to the one inch

and we'll be good but that would

actually be the wrong thing to do now be

something that a lot of people do where

they water every day for a small amount

and what that causes is very shallow

root system and the grass

the reason for this is that as you can

imagine if you're just getting watered

down into the soil a little bit every

single day and it's only going down just

a little bit then the grass roots only

have to go that little bit to get that

water they begin to be trained in that

way that the water is just going to be

sitting near the surface and they don't

go any deeper into the soil to look for

water so we want to water deeply and

infrequently what that means then is

that you can either spread it out maybe

two times a week or even better if you

can and it's a cooler part of the year I

would like to do closer to that one inch

of water in one watering and then do it

infrequently so that would be once a

week now in the summertime when it gets

really hot it's kind of hard to follow

this rule just because of the

evaporation rates so sometimes you need

to break that up into multiple days over

the week and go maybe a half inch and

then a half inch again are a little bit

more than that it just depends on your

specific climate and how hot it is and

things like that but watering

infrequently and deeply is going to

train those grass roots that as soon as

they don't have the water at the surface

they're going to go deeper into the soil

to try to find it that's naturally how

it works and it's actually a great way

to improve your lawn overall is by

proper irrigation

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so that's a little bit about one to

start watering your lawn and what signs

to look for when it begins to get dry

and also a little bit about watering in

general so if you have any questions

about anything please let me know in the

comment section below maybe check out

another video on my channel and thanks

so much for watching we'll see you next

time

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