Now is the time to properly schedule irrigation for your lawn and ornamentals.
Soil can dry out quickly as we transition from spring to summer. Stay ahead of dry conditions by being ready to water.
Conserve water by knowing when to water your lawn. Irrigation can be performed at any time of the day or night as long as the rate of water application does not exceed the infiltration capacity of the soil.
- EARLY MORNING: one of the best times to water is between 6-8 am. During this time the water pressure is usually the highest, disruption of the water pattern from wind is low, and water loss due to evaporation is negligible.
- MID-DAY: should be avoided due to the substantial quantities of water that can be lost through evaporation. Also an increased incidence of SCALDING; a loss of turf first evident as a scorched or burned appearance, can accompany this practice. Although a syringing: reducing plant temperature during mid-day can reduce turf stress in some cases of certain disease incidence.
- NIGHT TIME: a traditional concern over night time irrigation has been the presumed higher incidence of disease caused by prolonged leaf surface moisture.
- EARLY-EVENING watering can be very beneficial to the turf. At night, the loss of water through evaporation is low, also the water is more efficiently utilized for satisfying turfgrass moisture requirements. Turfgrass recovers at night from the heat of the day.
IRRIGATION IS AN ART; IF ONE IS SUCCESSFUL WITH AN EXISTING
WATERING SCHEDULE, THEN DO NOT CHANGE.