Watering Your Lawn
Last Updated: 17/07/2023
In order to survive, most lawns in the UK need regular rain or water, to replace the moisture that grass absorbs from the soil. Grass can survive for a few weeks without water, however after this period, some symptoms of stress may appear. Grass may turn a silvery-blue colour, and the turf may look flat as the grass wilts and loses it’s natural green colour.
If you are watering your flowers and baskets, please remember that your lawn is a plant too, and therefore it requires just as much water.
How much does it cost to water a lawn?
On average, a 1000 litres of water costs just £3.16.
For a property with an average sized lawn, the cost of watering is approximately £1 per week. If you are not prepared to invest in the cost of watering, many of the treatments that we provide may not be as effective as they could be.
With the cost of living crisis on the mind of many in the UK, homeowners will be looking for ways to cut back on their expenses, including reducing water usage for their lawns. However, It is worth noting that the cost of repairing a neglected lawn is typically much higher than the cost of regular watering.
Reduce Costs by Watering at the Right Time of Day
During the hot summer months, hot temperatures and direct sunlight can cause the water to evaporate before it reaches where it needs to go in the soil. Therefore, watering your lawn in the morning or early evening is usually the preferred time as temperatures will be cooler, and there will be less chance of direct sunlight. By doing so, you can reduce the amount of watering needed, reducing the cost of watering your lawn. It's important to remember that any amount of water added to your lawn will contribute to helping it recover.
For the best results, use a sprinkler
A sprinkler should be used to give a larger spread for the water out of a hosepipe. Sprinkler systems can be purchased from DIY stores and moved around your lawns periodically to provide water to all of your lawn area.
If you are unsure about the type or model that will suit your lawn, please ask your local Lawn Master representative and they will advise you regarding this.
Watering after lawn care treatments
Watering after scarification
Your lawn must be kept damp with regular watering in order to help the lawn recover to its peak condition. If no rainfall occurs, water your lawn in the morning as the water evaporates less when the temperature is cooler, meaning the grass will be able to make better use of the water.
Watering after an over-seed application
The lawn needs to be kept damp on a daily basis. A few minutes of watering, preferably a few times a day is sufficient enough to allow the seed to germinate and grow successfully.
Watering after a Regener8 lawn renovation
It is crucial that you keep your lawns watered daily until full germination is completed. It is recommended that for the best results from the Regener8 product, a sprinkler should be used to give a larger spread for the water out of a hose pipe.
Does Your Lawn Need a Wetting Agent?
If the surface of the lawn is very compact and hard, water may run off and not penetrate the surface level. A lawn can even become hydrophobic, resulting in it repelling any surface water and reducing the ability for water to make it to the lower root zone.
Lawn Master can test for this problem and we can apply a wetting agent to your lawns to combat the problem. One or two applications per year can help to make the best use of water on your lawn. Wetting agents effectively turn your lawn into a sponge, making better use of even the smallest amount of water.