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WATERING YOUR LAWN
Watering is one of the most important components of a lawn care program. Turfgrass needs water in order to carry out normal daily functions, such as, photosynthesis, absorption of nutrients, and movement of carbohydrates and sugars throughout the grass plant. Beneficial soil microorganisms also require soil moisture to remain active and alive.
Lawns in Michigan need 0.5 to 1.5 inches of water per week for proper growth. This water can come from natural rainfall or supplemental irrigation. The amount of supplemental irrigation a homeowner needs to apply will vary from week to week depending on prevailing weather conditions and rainfall. Supplemental irrigation should only be applied when needed, as too much water can promote lawn diseases and affect the health of the lawn.
How often should I water?
Watering frequency depends on turf species, soil texture, prevailing weather conditions, exposure, and intensity of use. The grass plants should dictate the watering schedule and the timing can vary from one lawn to the next. Slight wilting, a color change to a more grayish or bluish-green shade, or footprinting (when plants will not rebound after walking on them) are indications that irrigation is necessary. Adjust the time and frequency of lawn watering to accommodate changes in seasonal water demand.
How much water should I apply?
The water output, whether from an in-ground system or a hose-end sprinkler, will vary from house to house. To determine how uniform and how much water is applied in a normal irrigation, use straight-sided cans in a line at one or two foot intervals from the sprinkler and out to the farthest point of watering. Following a normal sprinkling of known time, measure the amount of water collected in each can. Then determine the appropriate placement of sprinklers and length of time to water for a uniform distribution of the desired amount of water.
What time of day should I water my lawn?
Midday watering is good for the plants since it cools the plant temperatures and reduces heat stress.
Early morning, from 4 to 8 a.m. is also an option for watering. Less water will be lost to evaporation and lower wind velocities may improve distribution.
Watering in the evening should be avoided. If the grass plants go into the night-time hours wet, they will remain wet for extended periods of time. This may favor the growth and development of lawn diseases.
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Owen Lawn Care provides Lawn, Tree, and Landscape services to the following cities and towns:
Genesee County, Michigan:
● Burton
● Davison
● Flushing
● Goodrich
● Linden
● Otisville
● Clio
● Fenton
● Gaines
● Grand Blanc
● Montrose
● Otter Lake
● Flint
● Genesee
● Lennon
● Mt Morris
● Swartz Creek
Lapeer County, Michigan:
● Almont
● Brown City
● Columbiaville
● Imlay City
● Metamora
● Peck
● Attica
● Clifford
● Dryden
● Lapeer
● North Branch
● Sandusky
● Hadley
● Mayville
● Otter Lake
● Silverwood
Macomb County, Michigan:
● Armada
● Clinton Twp
● Grosse Pointe
● Macomb
● New Haven
● St Clair Shores
● Centerline
● Detroit
● Grosse Pointe Farms
● Ray
● Sterling Heights
● Chesterfield
● Eastpointe
● Grosse Pointe Shores
● Memphis
● Romeo
● Utica
● Clinton
● Fraser
● Grosse Pointe Woods
● Mt Clemens
● Roseville
● Warren
● Harrison Twp
● New Baltimore
● Shelby Twp
● Washington
Oakland County, Michigan:
● Auburn Hills
● Bloomfield Village
● Ferndale
● Leonard
● Orion
● South Lyon
● Berkley
● Clarkston
● Franklin
● Madison Heights
● Ortonville
● Southfield
● Beverly Hills
● Clawson
● Hazel Park
● Milford
● Oxford
● Troy
● Bingham Farms
● Commerce Twp
● Highland
● Novi
● Pleasant Ridge
● Walled Lake
● Birmingham
● Davisburg
● Holly
● Oak Park
● Pontiac
● Waterford
● Bloomfield
● Detroit
● Huntington Woods
● Oakland
● Rochester
● West Bloomfield
● Bloomfield Hills
● Farmington
● Lake Orion
● Oakland Twp
● Rochester Hills
● White Lake
● Farmington Hills
● Lathrup Village
● Orchard Lake
● Royal Oak
● Wixom
St. Clair County, Michigan:
● Algonac
● Casco
● East China
● Harbor Beach
● Lexington
● Peck
● Allenton
● Clay
● Emmett
● Harsens Island
● Marine City
● Port Huron
● Berlin
● Clyde
● Fair Haven
● Jeddo
● Marysville
● Richmond
● Brockway
● Columbus
● Fort Gratiot
● Kimball
● Memphis
● Sandusky
● Capac
● Cottrellville
● Goodells
● Lakeport
● North Street
● St Clair