The Best Time to Water Your Lawn

A heat wave is approaching Kansas City this weekend! As we drive around the city, we notice a lot of people running their sprinklers during peak heat hours. So we ask you... what is the best time to water your lawn? Especially during scorching Midwest summer temperatures?

The experts believe sunrise is the best time! 

Why? This is the time when water is less likely to evaporate and actually provide much needed water for your extra thirsty lawn. The trusted experts at Scotts also advise the following:

  1. If you find your lawn has taken on a grayish cast or appears to be dull green, it’s telling you that it needs water. You can also check your lawn by walking on it: If your footprints don’t disappear quickly, it’s because the grass blades don’t have the needed moisture to spring back.
  2. Watering in the morning (before 10 a.m.) is the best time for your lawn; it’s cooler and winds tend to be calmer so water can soak into the soil and be absorbed by the grass roots before it can evaporate.
  3. If you must water in the evening, try between 4 and 6 p.m. which should give the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. 
  4. Established and properly cared-for lawns can survive weeks without water by going dormant (when the lawn turns brown), then recover once the rain returns.
  5.  Most lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week—either from rain or watering—to soak the soil that deeply. That amount of water can either be applied during a single watering or divided into two waterings during the week. Just be sure not to overwater your lawn.

If you need a lawn care service provider, we have a Rolodex of names to share with you! Stay cool KC!

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