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Lawn Tips: Supplemental Watering

Supplemental watering, sprinklers

​Your lawn needs about 1 inch of water each week for optimum growth. Fortunately, our location in the northeastern part of the state usually provides ideal growing conditions including adequate rainfall during the summer months. However, rain doesn’t always fall at the right time, and you may want to supplement your lawn with additional water.

The lawn care professionals at Ecolawn are here with their best tips for supplemental watering.

Water early in the day if possible

If possible, water earlier in the day when lawns are normally wet from dew. Avoid midday watering due to excessive evaporation and at night due to potential increased chances of some diseases gaining a foothold. Early watering reduces the amount of evaporation that takes place, allowing more water to reach the root zone.

Spread the water uniformly across the lawn

Sprinklers vary in distribution patterns and require spray overlap for uniform coverage. Placing coffee cans or similar straight-sided containers on the lawn can help measure water application rates. Avoid flooding areas, or missing other spots. On heavy soils and slopes, watch for excessive runoff; it may be necessary to apply the water in several applications to allow for adequate penetration.

Water conservation

To help conserve water, mow your lawn at a higher than normal height, limit traffic over the lawn, improve turf rooting, and control thatch and soil compaction. Don't allow water to hit the driveway or into the street. This is just wasteful.

Avoid over watering

Use a rain gauge to measure how much water you're applying. Overwatering makes plants prone to pests and adds to storm water runoff, which pollutes our water systems. By choosing and operating a watering system correctly, you can reduce water bills, insect and disease problems, and maintenance requirements.

Monitor rainfall

Don't water the lawn if rain is expected soon. Keep track of rainfall for the week. Don't apply more water to the lawn than what is absolutely necessary. We recommend about an inch of water per week as a guide, but you can gauge whether that is ideal for your lawn over time. 


Looking for more tips on how to maximize the results of your lawn care with best watering practices? Our technicians are always happy to help.