Spring Time: Exactly How Much Water Does My Lawn Need?

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Spring Time: Exactly How Much Water Does My Lawn Need? | The Experienced GardenerKeeping your lawn greenand lush can be a fragile science. Figuring out how much water your lawn needs can be a bit difficult, and often involves trial and error. For most people, watering a couple times a week until they feel like the lawn has gotten enough water is good enough. However, if you really care about your lawn, and want to make sure it’s getting enough water, you can calculate it based on how much sun your lawn gets every day. Follow this chart to figure out how much water you should be giving your lawn.

South Facing Lawn (Full Sun)

Average Temp of 85 degrees

7/10 in, 3 times/week

Average Temp of 70-85 degrees

7/10 in, 3 times/week

Average Temp less than 70 degrees

7/10 in, 1 time/week

East or West Facing Lawn (Medium Amount of Sun)

Average Temp higher than 85 degrees

1/2 in, 3 times/week

Average Temp between 70-85 degrees

1/2 in, 2 times/week

Average Temp lower than 70 degrees

1/2 in, 1 time/week

North Facing Lawn (Mostly Shady/Low Amount of Sun)

Average Temp higher than 85 degrees

1/3 in, 3 times/week

Average Temp between 70-85 degrees

1/3 in, 2 times/week

Average Temp lower than 70 degrees

1/3 in, 1 time/week

Once you’ve identified which of these categories your lawn fits into, you might be wondering how to measure “1 inch of water”. Use this converterto figure out how many cups is in the amount of inches your lawn needs. Using a portable sprayerfilled with the exact amount is the best way to make sure you don't go over or under the amount you’re supposed to be watering. 

While all of this might seem complicated, it’s really only one time that you’ll need to calculate the amount and measure it out. You can then use an old water bottle marked at the correct fill point, and watering your lawn the perfect amount every time will be easy.

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