For robust turf and landscapes, water deeply but infrequently to promote strong roots and minimize weeds.
To reach the ideal 1 – 1.5 inches of weekly watering, consider smaller, spaced waterings every 2-3 days. This method prevents runoff and allows water to penetrate the soil effectively.
Ensure Even Watering
To measure the amount of water being applied, place rain gauges or several flat bottom pie plates or cans (tuna cans work well) around the lawn. These should all catch the same amount, indicating even watering coverage.
Ensure Adequate Watering
Watering ½ to ¾ of an inch, 2-3 times per week, is generally sufficient. In times of excessive drought, higher amounts of water may be needed to keep fescue or bluegrass from going dormant. Do not water every day as this causes turf grass plants to have a shallow root system.
Create a Watering Schedule
A good schedule would be Monday and Thursday for a 2-day schedule, or Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a 3-day schedule. Water between the hours of 4 AM – 7 AM when evaporation loss is lowest and temperatures are the coolest.