Watering is an important part of a healthy, green lawn.
While watering anytime will work, there are serious advantages to watering at certain times of the day that will save you a whole lot of time, money, and most importantly water.
Watering during the daytime can work well. Generous amounts of water can be applied and allowed to soak in, but since the sun is out in full force, a lot of the water you're applying will be lost to evaporation. Which means it will take a lot more water, and time, to fully soak your lawn.
Watering in the night or early evening seems like the most convenient time to water your lawn. Since the sun is down, very little water will be lost to evaporation. However, the major disadvantage of this is the water will not soak into the grass at this time; it will only sit on top of the blades of grass, therefore providing a breeding ground for molds & fungus.
So when is the perfect time?
Watering before daybreak, or right at dawn is the most ideal time. Evaporation is at a minimal, and the rising sun will quickly dry the grass, reducing the likelihood of disease.
Of course, if you have things to do, waiting for your sprinkler to finish can be a pain. That's why a water timer from Dramm is so handy.
This timer easily attaches to your hose to automatically shut off your sprinkler for your desired time. Up to 120 minutes. And like all Dramm products, it comes with a lifetime warranty. (And comes in a variety of colours!)
When it comes to choosing a sprinkler type, there are lots of great options to choose from. Here are a few great options:
Spinning Sprinkler - Spinng sprinklers work well with water pressures between 20 and 80 psi, and are ideal for "well" systems with low water pressure.
The head atomizes water into fine droplets for less water usage and thorough watering. And creates a very unique and beautiful spray pattern covering an area up to 38' in diameter
Oscillating Sprinklers - Oscillating Sprinklers are designed for increased stability, and deliver water over a rectangular area. They feature large pattern controls for easy use with variable settings to cover up to 3,000 sq. ft.
Whirling Sprinklers - Whirling sprinklers give great even water distribution over a square area, and spray droplets rather than mist, so there is much less evaporation.
Water coverage is up to 68" in diameter.
Spike Sprinklers - Spike sprinklers are mounted on a spike to push into the ground. They give good even coverage. It has adjustable height, and the spray is easy to adjust between mist, stream, or spray, so it can be used in other parts of the garden if needed, such as flower or perennial beds. They also feature a flow-through spike base so that multiple sprinklers can be connected into a series of sprinklers.
Turret Sprinklers - Turret sprinklers give great, even coverage. Great for lawns as it covers square areas and holds the square pattern quite well. It gets into the corners and spreads the water perfectly for lawn and turf.
Turret sprinklers spray droplets rather than mist, so there is much less evaporation.
Stop by Hole's Greenhouses to see all the Dramm watering accessories we carry. All backed with a lifetime warranty!