How often should I water my garden turf?

Watering your lawn should be, in contradiction to what we believe, less often but more thorough. We often fall into the thought trap that more watering is good for our lawn and choose to water rather than heed by necessity.

How often you water your lawn will depend on several factors such as your soil type, grass type, how much is the grass exposed to sunlight and wind, does your lawn have enough nutrients in the soil helping it withstand harsher weather conditions? These factors determine whether your lawn requires watering a couple of times a week or even less.

The typical signs a garden is in need of more moisture levels are:

  • Loss of colour with the lawn looking decidedly dull and possibly taking on a blue tinge
  • Loss of its springiness with foot prints remaining in the lawn when walked upon.

If your turf has gone beyond the typical signs of needing water and has turned brown, it is best to leave. Your lawn, unlike your garden plants, will go into dormancy when moisture reaches very low levels but it will take up again once moisture content is available and the dry period has passed.

On the opposite, is your lawn getting too much of a good thing? Signs that you are over watering your garden, which is just as harmful, if not worse, as under watering are:

  • Wilting – A very common sign of over watering and easily rectifiable at this stage.
  • Yellowing – often a yellow tinge to the grass is mistaken for under watering when it is a case of too much moisture to the roots.
  • Rotting – Unfortunately when the roots rot the best action to take is to remove the affected area as rotten roots are untreatable. Evidence of root rot is a blackened area of lawn or signs of mildew in your grass.