Under-watered lawns lose nutrients, causing the grass to wilt, and the verdant green charm of your lawn diminishes. Improper watering can lead to a yellowed, unhealthy bed of grass.
At the same time, over-watering can be wasteful and equally damaging. The same is true for applying fertilizer.
All North Texas lawns require regular watering and scheduled fertilizer applications. But doing either one too much or too little, or at the wrong times, can cause more harm than good.
If you want your lawn to be fresh and captivating, make sure your summer watering and fertilization routines address what your yard actually needs.
Regular watering is the key to a healthy and vibrant lawn. With summer lawn care, you have to keep an eye on watering. In dry and hot weather, some of the moisture from watering is lost due to evaporation. That may result in wilting or even death of the grass blades.
The best time to water the lawn is early morning when the grass, ground, and are are not too hot. This will prevent immediate evaporation, and keep the soil moist for complete absorption.
Watering late in the evening or night should be avoided. Doing so prolongs the amount of time the grass and soil remains moist before the water is fully absorbed. This can increase your chances of developing fungal lawn diseases.
Make sure that watering is uniform, with special attention to sloped terrains. Uneven watering leads to unsightly yellow and brown spots from dehydration. Additionally, overwatering in areas that don’t drain well can further increase your risk of fungal issues.
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Don’t forget to consider rain when watering. If you have had a rainy week, check the soil moisture and water appropriately. You don’t want to waterlog your lawn. Purchasing a rain gauge is cheap and effective.
In summary, you want to neither over-water nor under-water your lawn, in order to keep it disease-free and refreshing. This Texas Watering Guide can help you determine a proper watering regimen.