Watering the grass can wait a while

Posted at 10:10 PM, Apr 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-23 00:11:47-04

Sunny skies and warm days may seem like a perfect combination to start watering the lawn as early as possible. But looks can be deceiving.

Seasoned gardeners and landscapers say watering too early in not needed as the landscape truly does not need it. They say when new vegetation sprouts, the greenery does not need water, but simply needs to be left alone while it’s coming out of its dormant phase.

“Your grass, your flowers -- everything is just coming out of its dormant phase,” said Hodo.

Early spring, despite the temperatures, grass and gardens do not need scheduled watering. However, it is advised to check the sprinkler systems.

“Get your sprinkler system up and running and check them for broken pipes, but turn the system off until it’s time to water,” said Hodo.

Hodo says that once a week watering is typical when the grass starts to need supplemental moisture. She says make the waterings a deep soak for the soil and vegetation roots.

“If you live on a really sunny lot you may need to start watering sometime in mid-May if you’re on those south facing slopes. If you're on a shady yard protected neighborhood, no wind, you probably don't need to water until late May or early June,” said Hodo.