Watering FAQs

Watering FAQs

How much water should I apply to the lawn & landscaping areas each week?

Generally speaking you're going to want to get at least 1.0" to 1.5" of water on the lawn per week, including rain. But that's just a starting point and you'll want to consider other factors before setting a firm watering schedule. If you have an irrigation system you'll want to setup a program to apply that amount of water to the lawn & landscape over 1-3 deep soakings per week, depending on the time of year. If manually watering we suggest 2 deep soakings per week at a minimum.

Should I water lightly or at a deep soak?

Ideally, you want to apply one inch of water to your lawn per week during the spring and later summer/early fall months.  During the hot months you might want to make that closer to one and a half inches per week. Watering every day doesn’t work because each watering needs to be a deep soaking. Doing that everyday would drown the turf grass. The best watering practice is fewer times per week, but a real deep soak for each application.

What time of the day is best for watering?

It’s best to water in the morning, at or before dawn. This allows the water to soak in but not for too long.  Once the sun rises enough water is lost through evapotranspiration to keep from promoting disease.  Evapotranspiration is the combination of water lost through evaporation and plant transpiration. This is a key factor in keeping your lawn healthy, so it’s important to not water at night. Watering at night allows the water to sit, encouraging disease.

How do I measure the amount of water applied to my lawn each week?

A sprinkler system's watering program should include detailed information about each "zone" including gallons per minute applied, days, start times and end times, and monthly seasonal adjust %. If you don't have a sprinkler system you can use this recommended tool to measure how much water you're applying each session in an effort to meet the 1.0" to 1.5": Click Here

Do you offer sprinkler system installation/maintenance as a service?

Currently we don't but it's a service that we want to offer in the near future. One of the owners (Chris) was an irrigation technician for years and water scheduling was his specialty (evapotanspiration water scheduling). We see that most irrigation companies concentrate on installation and maintenance instead of water scheduling and that's where we see ourselves entering the market in the future. 

Should I water the lawn & landscaping areas during the winter?

The lawn typically needs 1.0" to 1.5" of water each week throughout the entire year, including the winter. However, most people in our area have their sprinkler systems winterized each fall.

Inside Resources
  1. Watering Suggestions Per Plant Type
  2. How To Schedule Your Irrigation System
Outside Resources
  1. Free Irrigation System Run Time Calculator
  2. https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/document/yardcare.pdf
  3. https://www.rainbird.com/professionals/irrigation-scheduling-use-et-save-water

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