Maintaining a healthy, gorgeous lawn is a delicate balancing act, especially when it comes to watering. Grass that’s too thirsty can wither and die, while grass that’s overwatered can lead to wilting, along with diseases like fungus and root rot. Following proper watering habits can keep your grass in perfect health. Here are our top four watering tips to ensure your West Palm Beach yard stays lush, healthy, and green—while keeping your water bills low.
1. Don’t Water Every Day
Watering a South Florida lawn every day is unnecessary, even during the hottest periods of the year. Natural rainfall can take care of most watering needs, but in times of severe heat and drought—or if you’re dealing with a new lawn—remember that you shouldn’t water every day. Instead, water twice each week. When your grass turns a dull green color, and when footprints remain visible after walking across the lawn, it’s generally safe to water the grass.
2. Keep Watering Sessions Short
Most South Florida lawns only need about ½-inch of water during a watering session. While this can be hard to measure, there’s an easy way to determine how long to leave your sprinklers on to apply a thorough watering.
Simply gather some empty tuna cans and place them around your sprinkling zone. You can determine how much time lapses until the water level reaches ½-inch in the can. For most sprinklers, this usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
3. Water in the Early Morning
According to the University of Florida, the best time to water a South Florida lawn is early in the morning, ideally before 10 a.m. If you water later in the day, much of the moisture is lost due to excessive evaporation. Even watering later in the morning can be detrimental to a lawn, extending the time it’s naturally wet from dew. This extended dew period often leads to diseases that can quickly spread in your grass.
4. Monitor Your Sprinklers
While many Florida counties have licensed irrigation system installers, sprinkler systems are prone to damage and failure. If you suspect your irrigation system is inefficient or ineffective, reach out to your preferred irrigation company. No matter the condition of your system, make sure you’re checking it periodically for clogs, damage, leaks, and other issues.
Get the Most From Your West Palm Beach Lawn
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to maintaining a lush, healthy lawn. From proper watering to preventing insect infestation and disease, caring for your grass can seem like a full-time job. Service Choice of West Palm Beach is ready to help you achieve the trophy lawn you’ve always dreamed of. Our comprehensive lawn care service program ensures you get the best possible results for the health of your lawn. Call us today at (561) 734-9269 to schedule your free consultation!