How many times should you water each zone?

Just a month to go before spring arrives and you know what that means! It’s time for your lawn maintenance. Start preparing for it, check the sprinklers, and tune up your lawnmower! Your grass starts to adjust as the season changes and the demand to water your lawn begins. 

Now the question is how long should you leave the sprinkler running? How many minutes for each zone?

We have some points for you to follow:

  • The lawn needs water at least 1 to 2 per week, year-round, and during winter too.

Lawns are dry during the winter season. They are most likely stressed and suffer winter damage. To determine how much your lawn is getting, buy a rain gauge. If you get an inch of water per week, you are safe and if you don’t, you need to water it.

  • Instead of watering daily, water it deeply 2-3 times a week.

If you water your plants daily, it will cause shallowness to your root system. It will dry out fast and wear out your turf. Unlike watering 2 to 3 times deeply per week, it will give your lawn a deep root system, making it stronger and have drought-resistant.

  • Water at the best time which is early in the morning.

Most homeowners have different say on this, some say it should be in the late afternoon. Others should be before 10 in the morning. While the best answer is an hour before sunrise, as we discuss in the previous article, “What time of the day should I start my sprinkler?”. Watering in the morning ensures that the lawn still has time to dry before nightfall. This will also prevent your lawn to have fungus and disease problems. It is even cooler and less windy in the morning making you not worry about evaporation, which makes you save money and less time for watering your lawn. 

  • Water Evenly.

Your Lawn needs the right amount of water so be sure that you are getting coverage over the entire yard. To test your sprinkler, place small containers in different locations around your property. When the sprinklers are done spraying water start comparing the levels of the containers and make any adjustment if needed.

  • Water Slowly.

Water only as much as your lawn needed. Too much and too quick means that there is much excess water running off your lawn, making you waste water resources and your money.

Recommended minutes:

For each zone you water cut it in half the amount of time but you need to program your system twice. In short, rather than watering each zone for 30 minutes, water it for 15 minutes, then do the cycle again for another 15 minutes. This tip will give the ground more time to absorb the first cycle of the water before the second cycle. Follow our tips and have a happy gardening time!

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