How Often You Should Water Your Lawn in Michigan?

How Often You Should Water Your Lawn in Michigan?

This is one of the most common questions asked by homeowners with regards to caring for their lawns. How often should you water your lawns and how much water does it need? Like most things, our lawns need just enough water to make it healthy, green and luscious. 

The most ideal amount of water your lawns need is about an inch or an inch and a half per week. With this amount of water, it can moisten your soil up to 6” down, which is the depth of a healthy grass root system. Watering daily however is not advisable especially if you’re only doing it to get that inch of water that your lawn needs every week immediately. Watering daily results in weak lawns that dry out fast because of the shallow root system that develops. In contrast, irregular watering with just the right amount of water to reach that inch by the end of the week permits roots to grow deeper, developing a strong root system that is healthy and weather and disease resistant. 

The best technique to follow is watering your lawns 2-3 times a week for about 20 minutes. Normally, it takes 30 minutes to get an inch of water so watering as previously stated sounds about enough. By the end of the week, try to perform the screwdriver test to check if you have enough water on your lawn. A 6” screwdriver should be easily pushed all the way down into the soil if your lawn is receiving enough water every week. If not, it might be time to keep track of your watering schedule and change the frequency and/or amount of water. 

If the amount of water we use to water our lawn should be monitored, the time for when you water your lawn is equally as important. The best time of day to water is early in the morning from around 6 am to 10 am. This allows the soil plenty of time to dry before night time. Wet soil at night is not a good idea because it makes the lawn susceptible to fungus or other disease problems. Watering in the morning, on the other hand, is ideal because it keeps evaporation to a minimum due to the cooler temperature. It also prepares the soil for the hotter part of the day by keeping the turf cool so it doesn’t cause stress on the grass. If the watering schedule in the morning is hard to achieve however, the next best time would be late in the afternoon.

This sounds like too much work and can’t easily be maintained, homeowners can always opt to call for lawn service companies like Preferred Lawn Care which has individuals trained to nourish your grass.

Our company, Preferred Lawn Care, has professionals that know the right treatment and care to give your lawns. Our lawn care professionals know how to get rid of the weeds and pests, as well as how to treat your lawns right to achieve that richer soil and healthier grass. Lawn care in Michigan, Muskegon, Grand Haven, and Whitehall wouldn’t be something to worry about anymore now that we are here. 

Preferred Lawn Care offers a variety of lawn care services, as well as landscaping, irrigation and snow plowing among other things. We also have top quality products to help you design and achieve the lawn you have envisioned. To know more about our company and what we do, give us a ring at (231) 638-5368 or drop us an email: Preferred Lawn Care is now servicing West Michigan, Muskegon, Grand Haven, and Whitehall.

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