After a long, hot summer, many people are looking forward to the fall season and a reduction in their lawn care duties. However, in order to keep your lawn healthy throughout the winter season and into the spring, you need to know how to water your lawn in cool weather to prevent the ravages of disease and fungus. Your duties don’t end with the summer season! The good news is, with just a little bit of care during the cool weather months, your grass will be healthy and lush when the season is over.
Here are some tips on caring and watering your lawn:
Everything Is Slower In The Cool Weather
As the temperature drops and the trees shed their leaves, your lawn also slows down. Stimulating growth now with fertilizers is not recommended, as the new growth will encounter problems with the hard frost, snowfall, and low temperatures that may destroy patches of grass, making your lawn look mangy in the springtime. Monitor the rainfall during the fall months to correctly gauge the amount to water your lawn in cool weather — too little and the grass will wilt and die; too much will suffocate the roots and lead to fungal or other disease.
Tips On Watering Your Lawn
Other tips on watering your lawn include setting up a weekly scheduled watering schedule, making adjustments according to the rainfall in your area. One or two times per week is recommended by the Department of Agriculture, unless your soil is very sandy or you live in a hot climate. To water your lawn in cool weather, you might want to cut it back to once a week.
Remember to water your lawn first thing in the morning so it dries by nightfall to reduce the chance of fungus or other diseases, and keep your grass thatch-free by raking up grass clippings and fallen leaves.
Decide The Best Way To Water Your Lawn In Cool Weather
Using a hose with no attachment can lead to runoff and uneven distribution of the water. The water is more easily absorbed when applied with a sprinkler or drip irrigation system that imitates nature’s rainfall. The idea is to provide your lawn with one inch of water each week. If you choose to water your lawn in cool weather, a sprinkler system is a better choice than watering the whole thing with a watering can. However, if you use a watering can, aim for 1/2 gallon of water per square foot of lawn if watering once a week.
By using these tips on watering your lawn, you can water your lawn in cool weather and be assured of a green, healthy sight in the spring. With a little care now, you can reduce the chance of disease, promote healthy growth of grass in the slow season, and enjoy the fruits of your labors after the long winter season.
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