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How Often Should I Water My Lawn and Plants?


With spring in bloom and summer just around the corner, taking care of your lawn becomes an essential part of regular household upkeep. Both water and sunlight are essential for both your lawn and plants but knowing how often to water each is vital to maintaining their lush, healthy appearance.

How and when to water the lawn

Rain can be unpredictable, both in frequency and amount. Therefore, supplementing nature’s showers with water from your hose or sprinkler can provide the balance your lawn needs. Although most lawns have considerable resiliency and can be fine for weeks without water, it’s still a good idea to keep the grass hydrated.

If it hasn’t rained much lately and/or you notice your grass is dulling in color or wilting, it might be time to water it. Check it first though! Do this by sticking a screwdriver down into different spots in the lawn. If you can push it in easily, your lawn probably does not need water just yet. Also be aware of the soil type you have. Clay soil holds moisture longer than sandy soil, which aids in drainage. So be sure to adjust your water schedule accordingly.

Watering in the morning is usually the best time. This gives the lawn proper time to absorb the moisture into its roots before it evaporates in the warm sun. Typically, 1 to 1.5 inches is a proper amount of water. You can measure this by placing a clean, empty tuna can at random spots in the yard during watering. Once the can(s) is full, you’ve watered sufficiently. Watering timers are also highly effective for measuring. These digital devices hook right on to your water source and allow for specific amounts of water relative to the size of your yard. Various models are available at local hardware stores and installation is easy.

How and when to water plants

Outdoor plants provide an eye-pleasing detail to any landscape. Like your lawn, proper watering and sunlight will help them thrive. Fortunately, watering plants is a simple affair.

Check the soil that the plant is in. If it looks and feels damp to the touch, then watering probably isn’t needed yet. If the soil feels dry or rocky, simply water the plant and let it soak in until the soil is saturated – usually just until you see a thin layer of water atop the surface. But be careful not to over-saturate, as too much water can drown the plant and lead to rotting roots.

These are just a few guidelines to consider for keeping your lawn and plants healthy and thriving all summer. For more great gardening tips, visit our website or call us at 815-288-7841.

Ace Hardware & Outdoor Center

900 N Galena Ave

Dixon, IL 61021