Lawn Watering Tips: How Long to Water Your Lawn


Nothing is better than relaxing on soft, cool grass on a warm, sunny day in Northeast Ohio. But if you take a seat and notice your lawn is not feeling so soft and is looking dull in color, it’s time to water.

How much water does my lawn need?

Established lawns

Most established lawns need about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. This keeps the top 6 to 8 inches of soil, where turfgrass roots grow, moist. You want water to soak the soil deeply to help your grass develop strong roots and drought resistance, so break up watering into one or two applications per week instead of watering daily.

Newly seeded or sodded lawns

When watering a newly seeded or sodded lawn, it’s important to keep the top inch of the soil moist. Mist the area once or twice a day, ensuring it does not become soggy. When the grass reaches about 3 inches and can be mowed, you can begin watering one to two times per week.

How long should I water my lawn?

The number of minutes you should water your Northeast Ohio lawn varies depending on its size, the type of sprinkler you are using, and how much rain you’ve had that week. To ensure that your lawn gets the recommended 1 to 1.5 inches, try a can test. Place a small can or bucket within your sprinkler’s range. Turn the sprinkler on and time how long it takes to measure a .5 inch of water. Then multiply that by two or three to determine how many minutes it will take for your lawn to receive 1 to 1.5 inches of water.

When is the best time to water my grass?

The best time to water your lawn is in the morning, usually before 10 AM. Because it’s cooler in the morning, the water is less likely to evaporate. If you can’t water in the morning, water between 4 PM and 6 PM, which gives your lawn enough time to dry before night fall. If water sits too long on your grass overnight, it can cause fungal lawn diseases.


If you would like help maintaining a greener, healthier lawn in Northeast Ohio, contact the lawn care professionals at LawnMatters.

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