We all want that perfectly green, well-trimmed lawn. And to get the type of lawn that is the envy of your neighbors, you’ll need to water regularly. But when is the best time to water your lawn?

Believe it or not, there is an optimal time to water your lawn. Read on to learn more about the best time to water your lawn, and get started on creating that beautiful, envy-inducing yard that you’ve been wanting.

You’ll need to water more or less depending on where you live. For example, if you live in Texas, you’ll need to water more often that if you live in Washington state. There’s a catch, though. In many places where you need to water more often, cities and other regulatory organizations have rations or limits on lawn watering. Check your local limits before you start your water schedule — you certainly don’t want to pay a fine for watering out of turn.


The Morning is the Best Time to Water Your Lawn

If you’re looking for the optimal time to water your lawn, start watering at 4 a.m. That’s easy if you have a sprinkler system, but you’re not going to get out of bed that early just to water if you don’t have one. So, if you’re without a sprinkler system, just make watering the first thing you do in the morning.

What about watering your lawn at night? A lot of homeowners think it’s OK to water whenever it’s dark — because at least the water won’t evaporate.

But you should avoid watering your lawn at night for one reason: fungus. When you water in the evenings, the water just sits there for hours, which creates an ideal environment for fungus to grow.

The late morning and early afternoon are also bad times to do your watering. Why? Because, as mentioned above, much of the water simply evaporates without sinking into your lawn. You’re essentially paying for water to disappear into the ether, which is less than ideal.


Other Tips for Creating a Beautiful Lawn

Watering alone isn’t enough to create the beautiful lawn that you want. Here’s a look at other tips when your glass to look great:

  • Invest in a Sprinkler System: If you’re going to be in your house for any extended period of time, invest in a sprinkler system. It’s great for resale, and you’ll find that a sprinkler saves time and money in the long run.
  • Choose Pulsation Over Oscillation: If you pass on a sprinkler system, choose pulsating hose-end sprinklers over oscillating hose-end sprinklers. Why? Because pulsation delivers a stream of water that’s much more likely to sink into your soil. Oscillating sprinklers spray straight up, and the water can often drift away from your lawn.
  • Tread Gently on New Sod: There’s one big exception to the pulsation-over-oscillation tip. If you have fresh sod, you want to be gentle with it — and a pulsating hose-end sprinkler may be too rough. Also, give new sod plenty of time to settle in. Avoid walking over it until roots are established.
  • Avoid Overwatering: Some homeowners think they need to water every day during summertime. That’s not a good idea. Shoot for twice a week, or perhaps three times a week if your lawn sits on clay soil. If you water more, your lawn’s roots will grow shallow rather than deep, plus you’ll risk developing fungus. Neither is good for the long-term health of your lawn.
  • Don’t Forget to Fertilize: Give you lawn the boost you need by fertilizing — and not just once a year either. We already wrote about when the best time to fertilize your lawn is. Take a look at that post, and accelerate your lawn’s growth.


Final Thoughts on the Best Time to Water Your Lawn

Taking care of a lawn can feel like a full-time job, especially if you live in warmer climates. But here’s one last tip for you: Either water your lawn or don’t. If you don’t have the time or money to invest in watering your lawn, simply let it go dormant. If you water only on occasion, it’s actually harder on your lawn, as the grass itself gets caught between dormancy and growth mode.

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