Watering the Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Fairfax, VA
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Question by thestones04
April 11, 2007
What is the correct amount of water a lawn needs each week?

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2007
The old rule of thumb is an inch of water a week either from the sky or from the garden hose/sprinkler system. In reality, it depends on the weather, the soil and the overall growing conditions. To know if you need to water, dig into the soil with your finger. If it is still damp, do not water yet. When you do water, apply it slowly so it soaks in rather than runs off. You need to water enough that it soaks down about six inches to the bottom of the lawn's root system. Then do not water again until it begins to dry out as judged by checking the soil. I hope this helps.

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