How to Properly Irrigate Your Turf

While you may think that you’re giving your turf the perfect amount of water, the reality is that you might be overwatering or underwatering it. However, ensuring that you’re giving your turf the proper amount of irrigation will help your turf thrive and stay healthy for years to come.

In the newest blog from the turf management professionals at Kenney Machinery, we’ll discuss proper watering tips for your turf.

Water Early or Late in the Day

For the most effective irrigation, it’s recommended that you water your turf either later in the morning or in the afternoon. Because your turf will have dew and natural moisture in the early morning and late at night, adding additional water could mean that you’re overwatering your turf. 

Instead, watering when the turf is already dry will prevent you from overwatering, which can be very harmful to your turf. Additionally, watering when it’s dry will allow it to better absorb the moisture. 

Give Your Turf the Right Amount of Water

Your turf should receive about an inch of water per week. This is total water, so if it’s been a rainy week and your turf has already received at least an inch of water, there’s no reason to further water your turf. Additional watering could run the risk of excessive irrigation. 

When watering lawns with your irrigation system, you should ensure that you moisten the soil from 6-8 inches deep. This will ensure that the soil below the turf is properly irrigated and is receiving the amount of water that it needs to avoid dry spots. Irrigation systems can help to incorporate water savings and provide exceptional performance.

Why You Shouldn’t Overwater Your Turf

The soil beneath your turf relies on water, but it also relies on oxygen. When you overwater your turf, you’re actually eliminating the oxygen from the soil, suffocating the turf. This can make your turf far less healthy, and can even kill it if it’s overwatered too often. Luckily, there are some signs to look out for that will tell you if you’re overwatering your turf. Look for signs such as:

  • Increase in bugs
  • Increased weed growth
  • Your turf feels squishy
  • Water stays pooled on top of the turf 

If you notice any of these signs, it’s not too late to turn your watering habits around. By giving your turf about an inch of water, you can be sure that you’re giving it the amount of water that it requires.

Contact Kenney Machinery for Turf Management Equipment

For all of your turf management equipment needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts at Kenney Machinery. Our professionals have years of experience with turf management equipment, and we’d love to help you find the best equipment for your specific needs. With both new and used equipment available, we’re sure to help you find the best equipment for the job.