We have recently experienced hot and dry weather in Indiana and it is critical to understand the importance of properly watering your lawn. Unfortunately, your soil and plants can still be dry and thirsty even when we get rainfall.
Your first warning sign of water-stressed turfgrass is when the grass begins to turn bluish-green color and footprints remain after walking on the grass. At this point, your grass is brittle and requires water. Those with an automated irrigation system, should not have a set schedule as it can lead to over-watering and more damage. New technologies use real-time data to schedule your watering.
Most lawns in Indiana need around 1″ of water per week. For best results, deep and infrequent irrigation during the mornings hours before 8:00 am. is recommended. If your soil is compacted or on a slope, your best results would be to water until it begins to runoff and allows time for water to infiltrate the soil. This “cycle and soak” method is the most effective way to water your grass.