Myth Busting: Keeping Your Lawn Well Watered

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on May 20, 2016 by Myth Busting: Keeping Your Lawn Well Watered

Do you know what it takes to keep your lawn lush and healthy? TruGreen’s got you covered when it comes to turf health services like fertilization, but lawns also love a good drink to go with all those nutrients. And that’s where our lawn partnership comes in to play. Your lawn needs your help in making sure it gets the right amount of water to reap the full benefits of a treatment plan.
Unfortunately, there are some myths muddying the waters (if you don’t mind our pun). Do you know the difference between water myth and reality? Take our quick quiz and find out.

Myth: A lawn should be watered only when it looks brown and dry.

Reality: When a green lawn starts to take on a dull gray or blue-green hue, it’s definitely time to give it a drink. Paying close attention to the color of your lawn will help you make sure it gets a drink long before it turns brown. While it may seem like putting your lawn on an automatic schedule is the best option, that doesn’t account for extra help from April Showers (or May, or June, or you get the picture).

Myth: A healthy lawn will show footprints or lines from the mower.

Reality: A healthy lawn is a springy lawn. Your footprints should disappear as you walk and there shouldn’t be any signs of your mower wheels after giving the lawn a trim. Turfgrass is composed of 70-75 percent water and when it starts to lose that moisture ratio it wilts, leaving tell-tale depression marks behind. Give a wilting lawn a good drink to help it spring back.

Myth: Watering during the afternoon or hottest part of the day is the best way to quench the lawn.

Reality: Being mindful of water conservation is just as important as giving your lawn a drink. Up to half the water can evaporate in the air or on the ground during the hottest part of the day. Alternately, watering in the evening may result in increased disease activity on some grass varieties. Standing water on the leaves may leave some grasses susceptible to fungal or bacterial pathogens. Morning watering provides the most efficient use of water giving the plants ample time to have a drink and the day to evaporate the leftovers.

Myth: During very hot days, watering every day is ok – a lawn can never have too much water.

Reality: Unlike people, lawns don’t require constant hydration in the heat and prefers a long, deep drink less often. Watering too often can lead to turf disease and shallow root systems, making grass weaker and more vulnerable to drought, lawn-feeding pest, and other problems. Deep watering once a week (enough to fill a tuna can) encourage deeper root growth. Deeper roots means a stronger, healthier lawn.
Now that you know the watering basics, give us a call to help tailor the rest of your lawn care plan, including a lawn fertilizer schedule.
For more than 35 years TruGreen® has been helping homeowners just like you achieve a lawn they love. When you sign up for a TruGreen lawn plan, you qualify for a FREE Healthy Lawn Analysis®, where a TruGreen PhD-certified specialist will explore every aspect of your lawn to determine exactly what it needs to reach its fullest potential.
For more information on how to achieve a lawn you’ll love, visit or call 866.688.6722 today.
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