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“Gildersleeve has been installing and maintaining irrigation systems, wells and pumps throughout Hampton Roads for decades. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your lawn watering efforts this summer.”

Follow these eight tips for healthy grass with a deep, strong root system.

To get a proven, easy-to-follow strategy for giving your lawn the right amount of water, we talked to lawn care expert Matt Maurer, owner of PureLawn Lawn Services, with branches in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. Follow these eight tips for healthy grass with a deep, strong root system.

The a.m. is the best time to water the lawn because the air is cooler and there’s usually not much wind to blow the droplets. In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly. And in the evenings, water can cling to the blades of grass overnight, which can cause lawn diseases. “My pet peeve is when people water at six o’clock or later in the evening,” Maurer says. “The water sits there and promotes fungus. A wet lawn at night is the perfect condition for fungus to grow.” Along with mowing the grass too short, he says, watering at night is about the worst thing to do for a lawn.

Homeowners who can’t water in the mornings before work should do it on a weekend morning, he advises. “The best time is early in the morning: 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.,” he says.

Water long enough to moisten the soil about 6 inches down, which is the depth of a healthy grass root system. To see how far the moisture seeps down, check the soil every 15 minutes during the first watering. “The best way to test is to take a shovel and lift up the sod,” Maurer says.

Time how long it takes the water to work its way that far into the ground, then water for that duration every time you turn on the hose. “Each lawn has different soil. You have to water for your property,” Maurer says.

Built-in lawn sprinklers are the best systems for watering the grass. “This is the most efficient system and will pay for itself in the long run,” Maurer explains. “Over the years, if you’re planning on staying in the house, it’s worth the investment.”

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