You might think watering your lawn is easy. You just turn on the hose on point it at the grass, right?

No, that’s what the amateurs do. And that’s why their lawns look bad.

Water Your Lawn

If you want your grass to look good, you have to water your lawn the right way. July in particular is hard on grass. The relentless Utah sun shines down on the hapless blades, sapping their green complexions and leaving them dry, brown and dull.

Your Lawn Is Forgiving

Luckily, grass is hardy. It lies dormant all winter, withstanding cold, snow and ice, only to resurrect itself in the spring, as lush and verdant as ever.

But just because grass is hard to kill doesn’t mean it takes care of itself. Being merely alive and looking pretty are not the same.

According to Popular Mechanics — and anyone else who knows anything about grass — the best time to water your lawn is in the morning. The sun is not yet strong enough to evaporate half the water before it reaches the grass, so you’re not wasting time and money. You’ll see people watering the lawn in the evening, trying to apply the same principal, but it doesn’t work. Why? Because the grass stays wet all night, creating conditions ripe for fungal growth.

Devices for Watering Your Lawn

If you have a sprinkler system, install a timer to water the lawn and have it come on before dawn — that’s the best time.

If you don’t have an irrigation system, get an oscillating sprinkler — the one like the dance move. The kind that kids run through that arcs across the lawn wastes a lot of water. And forget those cute ones that look like gyroscopes; they’re fine as decorations, but they don’t accomplish much.

To make your job easier, don’t cut your grass really short. We know; it’s tempting. It’s unfulfilling to spend time mowing the lawn and not be able to see any difference when you’re done. But if you buzz-cut your lawn so you don’t have to do it next week, your dry, parched turf will betray your laziness.

Grass gurus will tell you it’s best to cut only the top one-third off your lawn. Any more, and you’re handicapping it.

Sometimes taking care of your lawn can be more challenging and more time-consuming than you expect. When that happens, call the experts at Earthworks Landscaping. We can bring your grass back to life quickly. We can give you an estimate on installing an irrigation system, or we can give you advice on watering your lawn with a sprinkler.

Call Earthworks Landscaping today, and have a greener lawn tomorrow.