Watering Guidelines

Lawn Watering Guidelines for Colorado Springs

 

Season

Months

Watering Guidelines

Notes/Weekly Watering Requirements

Late Fall through WinterNovember, December, January, FebruaryThis is a very important time to water the lawn. We see most of our winter damage occur in January and February.Water 1-2 times per month on days above 50 degrees. Water up to 1” each time that you water using a garden hose and sprinkler
SpringMarch, April, MayWater 1-2 times per week depending on natural precipitation1” per week recommended
SummerJune, July, August, Early SeptemberWater each section heavily at least twice a week. Cycle and Soak to avoid runoff and wasted water1 ½” per week recommended
Early FallMid September, OctoberReduce the amount of water your lawn receives. The shorter days and cooler nights help keep the soil cool and moist. You only need to water 1-2 times a week.1” per week recommended

 

  • Proper watering is critical to your lawn’s health and vigor. Deep and infrequent watering is the best practice. This means wetting the soil to a depth of 3-5 inches per irrigation.
  • Actual runtimes vary from yard to yard, but a good baseline would be 20-30 min per zone for popups, 40-50 minutes for Rotor heads, and longer for low impact, MP Rotors (google search MP Rotors if you’re unsure).
  • Our soils are a mixture of clay, sand or a combination of them both. You need to see how long it takes to have runoff. Then you will be able to set your timer with a good Cycle and Soak program. (google Cycle and Soak for more info).
  • Water during the morning rather than in the afternoon or evening.
  • Let the turf determine watering frequency. See how long your turf can go without water and set a program based more off of that than any pre-determined schedule. This will help conserve water and use only when needed. Also measure your water output to determine if you are over or under watering based on the time of year. This is a very important step in a good watering program.
  • Reduce runoff by setting your timer to come on multiple times in the same morning. Google “Cycle and Soak” lawn watering for more info. Example: Instead of watering a zone for 45 minutes all at once, set timer to come on with 3 different start times, all in the am, for 15 minutes each time. This will minimize runoff and waste.

Lawn Watering Guidelines for Colorado Springs

 

Season

Months

Late Fall through WinterNovember, December, January, February
SpringMarch, April, May
SummerJune, July, August, Early September
Early FallMid September, October

Watering Guidelines

Notes/Weekly Watering Requirements

This is a very important time to water the lawn. We see most of our winter damage occur in January and February.Water 1-2 times per month on days above 50 degrees. Water up to 1” each time that you water using a garden hose and sprinkler
Water 1-2 times per week depending on natural precipitation1” per week recommended
Water each section heavily at least twice a week. Cycle and Soak to avoid runoff and wasted water1 ½” per week recommended
Reduce the amount of water your lawn receives. The shorter days and cooler nights help keep the soil cool and moist. You only need to water 1-2 times a week.1” per week recommended
  • Proper watering is critical to your lawn’s health and vigor. Deep and infrequent watering is the best practice. This means wetting the soil to a depth of 3-5 inches per irrigation.
  • Actual runtimes vary from yard to yard, but a good baseline would be 20-30 min per zone for popups, 40-50 minutes for Rotor heads, and longer for low impact, MP Rotors (google search MP Rotors if you’re unsure).
  • Our soils are a mixture of clay, sand or a combination of them both. You need to see how long it takes to have runoff. Then you will be able to set your timer with a good Cycle and Soak program. (google Cycle and Soak for more info).
  • Water during the morning rather than in the afternoon or evening.
  • Let the turf determine watering frequency. See how long your turf can go without water and set a program based more off of that than any pre-determined schedule. This will help conserve water and use only when needed. Also measure your water output to determine if you are over or under watering based on the time of year. This is a very important step in a good watering program.
  • Reduce runoff by setting your timer to come on multiple times in the same morning. Google “Cycle and Soak” lawn watering for more info. Example: Instead of watering a zone for 45 minutes all at once, set timer to come on with 3 different start times, all in the am, for 15 minutes each time. This will minimize runoff and waste.

Other Watering Guidelines to Consider:watering with a hose-end sprinkler

  • Proper watering is critical to your lawn’s health and vigor. Deep and infrequent watering is the best practice. During the hotter months of the year, the lawn will require more water, so that may mean ¾” of irrigation at a time rather than the ½” of irrigation typically required in the cooler months. This means wetting the soil to a depth of 4-6 inches per irrigation.

 

  • Water at times of low wind.

 

  • Water during the very early morning rather than in the afternoon or evening to minimize risk for disease.

 

  • To reduce water runoff and to help water penetrate and soak deeply into the soil, we recommend “Cycle and Soak” watering schedule. Instead of watering for a long period of time and allowing the water to runoff into the street, divide the total watering time per zone by 3. Water 3 shorter intervals (all in the same morning). For example at 3am, 4am, and 5am, before winds pick up. Each cycle, water for 15 minutes for rotor heads, 8 minutes for stationary pop-ups, and 30 minutes for low volume MP Rotator heads. (These times are averages sampled from other lawns to reach a desired amount of water, which is ½” at a time.) Water less in shaded or poorly drained areas.

 

  • Do not water every day or two. Frequent, short watering encourages shallow roots, unhealthy grass, plants, and leaves turf susceptible to drought, weeds, and disease.

 

  • Water newer trees using soaker hoses or direct hose drips once every couple of weeks.

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