The Q&A Archives: Lawn Watering

Question: I'd like to know what time of the day is the best for watering my lawn; some people have told me I should water
before the grass receives direct sunlight, others say that it's best to do it right after dusk. Can you advise me?

Answer: Early morning is the best time to water for several reasons. First of all, it conserves water. If you water mid-day, you'll lose a great deal of moisture to the sunshine. Second, it helps prevent disease. If you water in the evening, the lawn is wet all night, disease might get a foothold.

Water thoroughly so the entire root zone gets wet, giving the grass plants a reserve of moisture to draw on when they get thirsty. If you apply just a little bit of water each day, the grass will grow roots only near the surface of the soil and will dry out easily during the heat of the summer.

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