Watering Your Lawn

Water composes from 75 to 85% of the weight of a healthy grass plant. It is essential for seed germination, tissue formation, plant cooling, food manufacture, nutrient absorption and transport. Water loss from a grass plant is greatest under conditions of high light intensity, high temperature, low relative humidity, and windy conditions. Without adequate water, the grass plant can't cool itself and becomes susceptible to wilting, desiccation and death.

Watering the lawn is much more than running the sprinklers at night or spraying it with a hose. Water Management is an intengral part of a sound lawn care program.

Water should be applied deep and infrequently to simulate natural weather patterns. Intervals between watering encourage the grass to develop deep, strong root systems which results in increased drought tolerance. Shallow and frequent waterings lead to shallow-rooted grass and a weaker overall plant. One or two deep waterings every week are better than watering everyday.

How to tell if your lawn needs water

A "thirsty" lawn turns from the normal green color to a purple-bluish color. In these areas the grass blades will not spring back if you walk across the lawn and your footprints will be visible. This is the first sign of "wilt" and indicates a need for water.

Beyond Watering-Repairing Damaged Lawns

Core aeration will relieve soil compaction, allowing air and water into the grass root zone. This process will allow your existing lawn to develop a deeper, more heat tolerant root system which is the foundation of a healthy lawn.

Overseeding will introduce new growth that will fill in bare areas and improve the lawns overall appearance. The aeration holes act as growth pockets and help maximize seed germination and establish a new turf. Core Aeration combined with Overseeding is one of the best ways to help your lawn recover from the stress of a hot summer.

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