The biggest problems I see in lawns during the summer has to do with proper lawn watering. It is also the most frequently asked question we receive. Beautiful lawns need the right amount of water. Too little or too much will affect the quality of the lawn, so here are a couple of things to help determine the right amount of time to set your sprinklers:
* The roots take in the water! This seems obvious however it is surprising to find how many lawns that are getting watered have dry soil in the root zone. Sprinkler systems should be set with enough time to allow the water to reach the roots. Using a shovel, check the soil moisture an hour or two after a watering. How deep is the water going?
* Water is measured in inches, but a sprinkler system is set to time. To convert time to inches, place ‘catch-cans’ in each zone and run the sprinklers for 15 minutes. Measure the amount of water in each can and take an average. This will help you know how many inches of water your system provides. Follow the chart below to figure how many minutes to water.