Don’t water the lawn at night

Posted on August 21, 2013

I’m new to lawn maintenance. One reason I enjoyed being an apartment-dweller and renter was that I didn’t have to take care of grass. Lawn care was provided by the landlord in the two houses we’ve rented. But now we’re living in our own house, and I noticed the lawn is looking a little parched. I usually wouldn’t care very much and would let it die or go dormant or whatever, but we plan on trying to sell the house in a month or so. A pretty lawn would help with curb appeal.

The past three evenings I have stood in my yard with the hose and watered. My husband told me that if I watered when the sun was out then much of it would evaporate and I would end up burning the lawn. As I was standing in the lawn thinking, I really need to buy a sprinkler, I also wondered if I was even doing it right. How long should I let the hose soak each section? Is it even okay to be watering at night?

Apparently I’ve been doing it all wrong. Almost everywhere I looked online, people say that you should water in the early morning. A wet lawn at night promotes fungus. Ewww. Lesson learned. Oh – and you probably shouldn’t water three times a week. They say to water infrequently but deeply. What is deeply for my yard? I haven’t quite figured that part out yet.

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