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How Long to Water Grass & Lawn Watering Tips

How long should you water your lawn? A healthy lawn starts with the right amount of water. We’ll show you how much and how often you should be watering your lawn as well as some handy products that can help to keep your lawn healthy and green.

1. How Much Water Does Your Lawn Need

A person sets a sprinkler timer.

Most lawns typically need about 1 – 1 ½ inches of water per week. This will vary, as hotter weeks may require more water to make up for evaporation. On average, a sprinkler can distribute an inch of water per hour, but that will vary by the model of sprinkler. You also have to account for the size of your lawn and may require multiple sprinklers or an irrigation system to properly cover it.

2. How Often Should You Water Your Grass

A sprinkler waters a lawn.

You can water your grass daily, or once every few days, as long as you water it enough to give your lawn about 1 – 1 ½ inches of water per week.

3. When to Water the Lawn

Sun shines brightly on a lawn.

Water your lawn in the morning to make sure that the water has completely sunk in and evaporated any remaining moisture by the end of the day.

4. How To Check If You've Watered Enough

A water timer connected to a hose.

Use a Water Timer

Using a water timer can help you automate the process of watering and ensure you get enough water.

Screwdriver Test

If you can push a screwdriver 6 inches into your soil, you’ve watered enough. If you can’t, you need to water a bit more.

Check the Soil

If your soil is soft, you should have ample moisture. If it’s hard, you may need to water.

Different Ways to Water Your Lawn

A pulsating sprinkler waters a lawn.

Pulsating Sprinklers

Pulsating sprinklers distribute water over a radius, with water hitting the grass both at the end of the stream and throughout the length of it.

A person squeezes a hose nozzle to water a lawn.

Hose Nozzle

Hose nozzles come in various shapes and varieties including plastic and metal and can have a multitude of spraying options like mists, fans, soakers and more to help you water your grass.

An oscillating sprinkler waters a lawn.

Oscillating Sprinklers

Oscillating sprinklers are the most traditional sprinkler and distribute water by rotating back and forth. Some allow you to set the start and stop points as well as the amount of water that flows out for ultimate customization.

A pop-up sprinkler waters a lawn.

Pop-Up Sprinklers

Pop-up sprinklers are a great way to maximize coverage when watering your lawn but must be run underneath the ground. They hide away when not in use, making them a great alternative to a traditional sprinkler.

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