When Should You Water Your Lawn? Read On for Details…

Posted By on August 5, 2010

Today it’s 90 degrees and humid in the greater Cincinnati area, and there is a very high need for watering your plants & lawn. These hot temperatures can wreak havoc on your lawn and landscaping, especially if you have newly planted items. Here are some watering tips to help you help your plants through this heat wave.

WATERING TIPS

When to water:
Watering early in the day is best. The cooler temps and lighter winds will reduce evaporation and wash dew from the leaves. Waiting until late in the day may not allow enough time for drying, which could encourage diseases.

How to determine how much you’ve watered:
One popular method is to place several empty straight-sided cans at various spots around your lawn or garden. Then as you water, measure the depth of the water in the cans.
Another method is to dig a handful of soil about 5-6 inches deep in the watered area. When the soil is moist, but not dripping, you’ve watered about 1 inch.

Variables to consider:
The maturity of the landscaping has a lot to do with how much watering is needed.  Established/ more mature plants and lawns have a much lower watering need than newly planted or seeded areas.

You should also consider your soil type when making watering need adjustments.  Soils that have a lot of clay need less watering than sandy or gravely soils.

Sun exposure obviously plays a part also.  If the site is in shade, then less watering will be needed than areas hit by bright extensive sun.

You can check with the website http://www.weather.com/ for a daily updated watering need index in your area.

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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About the authors

Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!