When Should You Turn Your Sprinkler On and Off in Utah

By September 20, 2019utah landscapers

A few months ago, we wrote a blog about how frequent our Utah landscapers would suggest homeowners water their lawn, and we are coming back to that now!

No matter where you live in Utah, watering your lawn is a must when it comes to keeping your landscape healthy. However, it takes balance. Too much water bring disease to your yard, and watering too little prevents your grass from taking root and growing deep enough to thrive. Not knowing how much you should water your lawn and when to water is what gives homeowners the most problems with managing their lawn.

With the change in season, we still want to come back to the frequency in which you should turn your sprinklers on and off.

When and How Much

Utah landscapers continually have to tell individuals that you DO NOT need to water your lawn every day. Instead, you should water your grass deeply just several times weekly. Utah landscapers recommend that that you water your lawn as early in the morning as possible — 3 to 6 am is ideal. Your lawn requires at least 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week year-round.

How to Tell If You Used Enough Water

While we may want to rely on our sprinklers’ automated system, it may be better to analyze the situation yourself. Pulling from what our Utah landscapers told us from the blog we wrote several months ago, you can check your soil’s moisture by:

  • Checking the Soil: Use a screwdriver to test how deep the water has sunk into your soil. It should soak to a depth of at least six inches, so determine how long you’d need to water your lawn to achieve this.
  • Measure Using Cans: You can use empty tuna cans to measure your water levels by placing them around the lawn and measuring how long it takes to collect one inch of water in each can. Sprinkler coverage patterns vary throughout the lawn, so it’s best to take the average time it takes to fill all the cans.
  • Doing the Math: If you have a sprinkler system, this is the easiest way to measure your water levels. Simply multiply the square footage of your lawn by 0.62 gallons and divide by your sprinkler system’s flow rate.

It is our Utah landscapers’ recommendation to follow these tips to make sure your lawn stays healthy! To reemphasize the main topic of this blog, you want to use your sprinklers in the early hours of the morning.

If you want to learn more about landscape care, make sure to check out our blog over on our website.

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