Home > Feeding & Watering > Effective Watering For Your Lawn

Effective Watering For Your Lawn

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 19 Jun 2015 | comments*Discuss
Watering Lawn Care Lawn Maintenance

In order to keep a healthy and visually pleasing lawn, you should regularly water it to ensure that it is receiving all the moisture it needs, especially in seasons where there may be less than adequate rainfall.

It is important that you do not mistake watering your lawn for feeding it as these are two completely different things and, as such, it is important to remember that watering simply helps it maintain a level of moisture whereas feeding helps it to extract the relevant nutrients such as Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium from the soil.

Over Watering

It is important to remember that lawns do not need to be watered everyday. This is especially important if there has been a significant amount of rainfall during a particular period of time. Over watering can lead to a weak root system, which can in turn lead to a host of problems with disease and an inability in fighting against pests.

Factors to Consider

In extremely hot periods you should try to water your lawn every day, but this should be done either early in the morning or in the early evening when there is less evaporation and your lawn can take on most of the water. It is best not to water your lawn last thing at night as this can lead to the grass being overly wet during the night, which in turn can increase the chances of disease. A large number of fungi to be found in the garden, such as toadstools, require damp conditions when the air borne spores come to rest on the ground.

Again in windy conditions it is best not to water your lawn as grass dries out quicker under the influence of wind that it will if it is a sunny day.

Soil type is another factor when it comes to watering your garden. Some soil types will hold water for long periods of time whilst others will take on water and soak it up quickly thus drying out and demanding more water.

One of the things you should do before watering your lawn is to aerate it. Aerating your lawn ensures that there are sufficient number of holes in the lawn for the water to sink in and therefore reach the root system.

If a lawn has too much surface lying water it can starve the grass roots of oxygen and cause a problem known as leaf rolling. This - as the name suggests - is a condition where the blades of grass roll over onto themselves as they suffer the effects of oxygen starvation and subsequently die leaving patches of grass that may need re-seeding or replacing altogether. A more common name for this condition would be waterlogging and it is something that a lot of first time gardeners have fallen foul of.

The key is not to over water your garden. Water your garden for long intervals in conditions conducive to watering such as we have already mentioned - watering early morning or early evening when the temperature is such that it will not evaporate the water or alternatively leave the water to lie and cause other problems.

It is best to water in this way rather than water the lawn in short sporadic bursts as this will leave the lawn with a shortage of water to thrive on and will cause you - as the gardener to spend more time than is necessary carrying out this task.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
@Mariol - In order to promote healthy growth and help prevent invasive weeds, then an organic or synthetic lawn fertilizers will help. However, you need to make sure you are using them at the right time as chemicals may burn even further a lawn which browned from too much sun. You can also use a garden herbicide spray to combat weeds as they appear and also plant more grass with seeds. Dependent upon where you live, I would also ask your local garden centre for advice, as a lot is about the micro-climate of where you live. You can also see our article: Extra Jobs for That Bowling Green Lawn here. I hope this helps.
LawnExperts - 22-Jun-15 @ 10:56 AM
My son is getting married in August & we're having the weddng reception in the garden, the lawn is already beginning yo look a bit yellow, my husband fertilised it in April, what can I do now to make the lawn nice & green for the wedding?
Mariol - 19-Jun-15 @ 7:21 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Neels
    Re: How Level is Your Lawn?
    I need someone in the KT15 (Addlestone, Surrey) vicity to contract to level my lawn
    19 March 2018
  • arthur
    Re: Problems With a New Lawn
    AS bove i had a new turfed lawn put down early june, before it was laid the ground was rotavated,raked, leveled,heeled in,good quality…
    3 March 2018
  • Ady
    Re: Types of Grass
    @Freshman - You need a drought-tolerant grass. Buffalograss is native to the midwest-America and is very hardy - but still needs 1/4" of water per…
    18 December 2017
  • Freshman
    Re: Types of Grass
    Hi Can you please advise me for the best grass seed to grow in Africa Ghana Thanks
    15 December 2017
  • Molly
    Re: Questionnaire: Are You Clued-up on Common Lawn Problems?
    Previous neighbours have emptied there water butts into our garden through a hidden pile, then…
    5 October 2017
  • David in Devon
    Re: Adjusting Your Soil's PH
    On the ph advice on lawns, you state that rhododendrons flourish in alkaline soil. Really? If so, you need to inform RHS that they are…
    26 September 2017
  • Col455
    Re: FAQ: Lawn Mowers
    @graham - Have you thought of getting someone like Green Thumb in to treat your lawn. They can spot all the diseases etc and give you the best…
    19 September 2017
  • graham
    Re: FAQ: Lawn Mowers
    I have a lawn that was 1st laid down some 22 years ago and it is on 2 levels with a slope between. It covers approximately 25m x 15m and consists…
    18 September 2017
  • Smiler
    Re: Lawn Fertilisation
    @jonny2shoesp - Large areas of weeds on your lawn can be treated with an all-in-one lawn feed, weed and moss killer. It will feed your lawn…
    1 September 2017
  • jonny2shoesp
    Re: Lawn Fertilisation
    Too many weeds. Lawn uneven and although I can get the level right, the weeds concern me as not sure how to rid them from the lawn and get back…
    29 August 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the LawnExperts website. Please read our Disclaimer.