Despite the fact that our climate is very suitable for a beautiful lawn because there is plenty of rainfall, one will still have to keep a close eye on it to make sure it does not get too dry. A lawn will need sufficient water to develop and maintain a good root system. With a good root system, it is very resistant to disease and drying out. Especially in spring and during the summer months, if there are long periods when it does not rain enough, it is important to water it. It will then start looking green and fresh again. If you don’t water it enough, the lawn will start to look yellow and show dying grass. Also, weeds will start to develop in the grass. So, proper watering, fertilizing and mowing will keep the lawn green and will not allow weeds to develop. Basically, for proper lawn maintenance, you should check the moisture content of the soil at regular intervals. If it is too dry then you should definitely spray.
Turning the lawn yellow
When it is very hot, a discoloration of the grass can occur quickly. Also during a long dry period, especially in the spring, the grass can get a bad condition. If this were to persist for a long time, there is even the possibility that the grass will die above ground. The roots, however, will simply remain intact. Once sufficient precipitation will fall again at some point, the grass will simply recover. Weed seeds can easily get into the bare spots in the grass. They can then take root there in the open spaces. The moment it will rain, these weeds will start to grow rapidly and ruin the lawn.
You may wonder when you should start watering? It is best to do so as soon as the first symptoms of drought appear. These are that the grass becomes duller and starts to change color. Some other characteristics are loss of resilience and yellowing of the leaves. If you would not start watering then the consequences for the grass can be significant. Even in this, it is possible that both the grass above the ground, and the roots in the ground, may die. This should be avoided at all times. It is best to water a lawn at temperatures above 20 degrees two to three times a week. The warmer it gets, the more often you should water it.
Because the lawn should not just be watered, but also fertilized, it is important to water the lawn after fertilizing. The aggressive fertilizers can lead to burning of the grass. The fertilizers should be dissolved before the sun shines on it.
When should you water?
You will not need to water as long as the sun is shining brightly. This applies not only to the lawn but also to all other crops in the garden, such as plants and flowers. The water droplets left on a leaf will act like a magnifying glass and thus burn in on the leaf. This resulting damage is irreparable. You should start spraying only when the sun is no longer shining so strongly or before it rises. If you start spraying after 6 o’clock or 7 o’clock in the evening, there is the possibility that everything can still dry out peacefully. Mold will not be able to develop as easily. This is especially important with plants that are sensitive to it. You can think of roses, for example. The chances here are greatest when the weather is windless. Therefore, it is better to spray when it is somewhat windy. Then the moisture does not stay between the plants as long.
So never spray during the day when the sun is shining. This is because you need to avoid too rapid evaporation or burning.
If you start watering when the sun is shining full on the lawn, much of the added water will disappear. This will cause a distorted picture. You will think that you have added a lot of water, while the majority has evaporated, which is of no use to the lawn. There is also a chance that the water droplets that remain stuck to the blades of grass act as a magnifying glass. The drops, when the sun shines on them, will cause the surrounding grass plants to burn. Sprinkling will have the exact opposite effect of what you want to achieve.