Sandpiper July Blog Post: The Dos and Don'ts of Summertime Lawn Watering in Florida
Did you know that the recommended Floridian lawn watering protocol changes between summertime and winter months? During the winter months, it is typically advised that you water your lawn every 10-14 days. However, during the intense heat of the Florida summertime, it is generally recommended that you water your lawn 2-3 times per week!
How much watering is required per session? When using a sprinkler system, each sprinkler zone should run for approximately 30-45 minutes per watering session during the summer, or about 3/4 inch of water. Light and frequent waterings are ineffective and encourage shallow root systems. Overwatering can leave your lawn’s root systems oversaturated, harming the lawn.
The best time to water your lawn during the summer months is in the early morning. Watering during the daytime can lead to excessive evaporation, which can prevent your lawn from receiving the proper watering. Additionally, watering your lawn in the daytime during particularly hot periods can scald the lawn. Watering during the late afternoon has the potential to cause problems such as fungal diseases if it extends the time that the lawn is naturally damp from dew. The benefits of maintaining a properly watered lawn include strong root systems, healthier grass, and a lowered risk of fungal issues.