FAQ About Water Usage This Summer
Summer in Florida is a time of intense heat, frequent powerful rainstorms, and the occasional hurricane. It can be difficult to know how to properly water your lawn and landscaping to find the happy medium between experiencing drought-like symptoms and overwatering. We wanted to share the three questions that we are asked most frequently about watering your property during the summer months.
When is the best time to water the lawn?
We recommend watering the lawn early in the morning, before the sun comes up for the day. It is best to water when the likelihood of evaporation rates are at the lowest. This helps to ensure that the grass is absorbing the water it needs for the day. Watering in the evening is not recommended, as the chance of disease greatly increases.
How much water does my lawn need in the summer months?
The goal is for the grass to be watered about an inch of water during each session. It is recommended to water thoroughly a few times a week versus watering for a shorter time daily. The time would depend if you are using a pop-up sprinkler system or a rotating sprinkler system. If you notice the grass is turning a shade of yellow during the summer months, you are overwatering.
Is it possible to overwater plants and landscaping?
Yes, it is extremely possible to overwater and cause severe damage to your plants and landscaping. It is possible to have plants that are water stressed. We recommend watering plants, shrubs, and trees thoroughly about three times a week. Lightly watering each day does not allow the water to make its way to the root of the plants. If the leaves are turning brown or starting to droop, your plants are showing signs that you are overwatering.
If you have any questions about how to care for or water your property this summer, contact Challenger Irrigation today. We are also here to install or repair your irrigation system. If you are located in Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, or Citrus county, schedule an appointment with our specialists today so you can enjoy a beautiful property for the remainder of the summer and into the fall.