Yes, you should still water your lawn in the fall. But the amount of water you provide for your lawn needs to fluctuate depending on the weather. Some areas Start to cool down, so they will need less water: But other areas are just as hot as the middle of summer and require more water.
If you are a homeowner and your home has a lawn, or you are in charge of taking care of someone else’s long while they’re away, you might wonder if you should water the lawn in the fall. Unlike summer and winter, changing, unpredictable weather is typical in the fall. The constant change can confuse and irritate gardeners and planters because the weather changes from cool to hot and back to cool again.
Because September and October are between the hot summer months and the cold winter months, it can be difficult to know how much water to give your lawn. We created a quick and easy guide so you will know if you should water your lawn in the fall and how much water does it need.
It is easy for many homeowners and gardeners to make one of two consequential mistakes during the fall.
The first mistake is under-watering a lawn because they know that fall is coming, and they think the heat is dying down when there is no change in heat at all. Like many other types of plants, if the grass does not get enough water during warm weather, it will turn brown and crunchy and die.
The second mistake is the exact opposite; overwatering their lawn because they believe September is still hot. But if they were to look at an incoming weather report, they would see that the days are actually becoming cooler. If you overwater your lawn and there is no heat to evaporate the excess moisture, you could drown your lawn. The excess water during the cooling period can cause cold weather and freeze damage.
To avoid these mistakes, follow the weather closely and watch out for cooling or warming trends. It is as simple as this. Some areas of the world have cool periods followed by a heatwave, even if it is October.
Watering your lawn in the fall
As we said above, watering your lawn in the fall is tricky. So we gathered up some tips and important information about watering your lawn in the fall. Follow these instructions carefully, but it would be even more helpful if you asked the neighbors about their watering patterns, especially if their grass is always green.
If the weather is cooling down
Decrease the amount of water you provide for your lawn and how often you do it. If you water your lawn twice a day for a half-hour each day, first switch to one-time a day, and the next week you can switch to 15 minutes a day.
You may want to think about changing your watering schedule to watering in the middle of the day when the heat is hottest. This is in case you accidentally overwater your lawn, the heat of the Sun can evaporate some of the water.
If you wake up one morning and see that there is ice on the rooftops or a light brushing of snow, then stop watering altogether. But be wary: if the weather changes to the cold too quickly, then there could be a small heatwave coming after the cold passes.
If the weather is still balmy as if it is still summer
Continue to water your lawn just as you did during the summer. Be sure not to skip more than two days or the grass may start to die, depending on how hot it is.
But when you water your lawn during a heatwave or on a hot day, do not do it from the hours of 10 to 6. This period of time is when the sun is most strong, and as a result of the sun’s heat, any water that you provide for your lawn will evaporate before it can soak into the soil. So not only will your lawn not receive the water to nourish its roots, your high water bill will be all for nothing.
Are you tired of watering your lawn?
For a lot of homeowners, watering your lawn nearly all year around can feel like a chore that they never asked for. And many don’t want to wastewater in order to keep a patch of grass green all year round. But they have to water it because a brown patch of grass looks so ugly. So what can these people do about their watering woes?
They can instill a drought-friendly lawn that has no grass at all. Created to conserve water, these types of lawn designs vary depending on the area in which you live. Some places have lawn designs with no grass at all and others have low-water grass. Drought-friendly lawns require very little water and many have a sprinkler system installed throughout the lawn so you never have to hand water it again.
Since they are designated as “drought-friendly”, these lawns don’t require much water so you will not hurt the environment anymore and you will also save money on your watering bill.
There are two ways to install a drought-friendly lawn
- Designed and put in the lawn yourself
- Hire a lawn service with your own money
- Utilize a government service promoting low water, drought-friendly lawns
It is easier than you think to check if there is a drought lawn program in your city. Go to your cities’ website and check out the environmental programs. You can also call your cities’ City Hall for more information. In less than a month, you won’t have to fret overwatering your lawn again!
No matter how hot or cold the weather is in your area, you must water your lawn. But you have to change the amount of water you provide for it, depending on the heat. In order to give your lawn the proper amount of water, water your lawn at least once a day and don’t water it.