Oh, what happened to those cooler days of April or those more reasonable seasonal days of May? Some folks are probably wishing for those lazy, crazy days of summer. What did we get? We got hot, humid, sultry, sticky, icky dog days of June, that’s what we got.
What can we do to hydrate ourselves? Drinking plenty of liquids like water, yes water. Well, our landscapes need water too. How much should we give them? When should water our landscapes?
Let start with when should we water our landscapes. The turf, trees, and shrubs should be watered in the very early morning hours. Between 4 and 7 AM is ideal. This allows the water to soak into the plants’ root systems and keeps the water from evaporating in the hot sun so quickly. Water early in the morning also makes less likely for summer diseases to attack the plants. Several diseases like hot humid days to get started and thrive. Watering in the morning makes this a little less likely and helps your water last a lot longer.
Next, let’s tackle how much we should be watering. Different scholars say slightly different things, but let’s go with what we teach here at Virginia Green Lawn Care. Water 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch, 2-3 times per week, is generally sufficient. In times of excessive drought, higher amounts of water may be needed to keep fescue or bluegrass from going dormant. The total amount of water to apply is 1-1.5 inches per week.
So if you haven’t turned your water on yet, or turned it back on from the wet days of May, it is time to water your lawn the rest of the summer to keep your turf Virginia Green and healthy. As for the hot, humid, sticky, icky dog days of June and the upcoming July, go jump into your local swimming pool of water.