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In most regions, maintaining a lush, green lawn through summer hinges on watering. Sharpen your irrigation skills and use our lawn watering guide to learn what you can do to prevent brown patches from cropping up in your yard.

How often should I water my lawn?

A very general rule of thumb is to provide lawns with 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, from irrigation or rainfall. A good way to check moisture penetration is to probe the soil with a screwdriver or similar object. How often you water will vary based on where you live and what type of soil you have. In order to conserve water and give grass just what it needs, it’ll help you to understand the factors that influence irrigation frequency.

Grass Type

Different grass types require different amounts of water. For example:

  • A healthy lawn of tall fescue has a deep root system and the highest drought tolerance of cool-season turf types.
  • Kentucky bluegrass consistently goes dormant during drought, reviving when rainfall resumes.
  • Warm-season grasses, such as zoysia, St. Augustine, bermudagrass, and centipede, thrive in warm conditions, developing deep root systems that make them better able to withstand drought. In general, warm-season grasses require 20 percent less water than cool-season types.

Soil Type

Different types of soil absorb and retain moisture differently.

Soil type Water absorption How deeply 1 inch of water penetrates1
Sandy Absorbs water quickly; needs less water more frequently 12 inches
Loam Absorbs water evenly, without puddling or runoff 7 inches
Clay Absorbs water slowly; can cause runoff when water applied too quickly; holds water longer (slow to dry out) 4–5 inches

1 Healthy grass roots typically grow at least 6–8 inches deep.

Regionality

Different regions receive different amounts of rainfall and summer weather conditions, which influences irrigation needs. Grass needs the most water when heat, drought, low humidity, and high winds prevail.

Lawn Age

There’s one other key when determining irrigation frequency. While all lawns need consistent moisture to remain green and healthy, newly planted lawns are in a critical stage for the first year. Don’t rely solely on rainfall to establish a healthy, deep root system – provide supplemental irrigation during the first year of growth.

Watering Without Waste

During the scorching hot months of summer, conservation is key when it comes to watering and lawn care. Here are a few tips to ensure that not a drop of water goes to waste when watering your lawn this summer.

Choose your system carefully. For small lawns, try a hose-end sprinkler. Use a timer of some sort (even an oven timer will work) to help you remember to turn it off. With in-ground irrigation systems, use low-volume, low-angle sprinklers with heads that suit the size of the area you’re watering. Angle heads as low as possible to minimize evaporation. If you spot a fog or fine mist, system pressure is too high. Newer rotary nozzles (also called stream sprays or rotators) apply water slowly and evenly.

Watch the watering. Observe water distribution to ensure you’re not watering hard surfaces (causing runoff) or creating puddling on the lawn (applying too much water too quickly for soil to absorb).

Tinker with timing. Add a smart timer that adjusts irrigation based on local weather conditions such as rainfall, temperature and even evapotranspiration rates. Water an hour or two before sunrise to minimize evaporation and take advantage of calmer winds. Time irrigation to avoid high water use hours in your household. Avoid night irrigation to prevent disease.

Fine-tune the duration. Measure how much water your system releases by evenly spacing six (or more) straight-sided containers (such as tuna fish or cat food cans) in the area you’re watering. Run your irrigation system for 20 minutes. Measure the amount of water in individual cans, adding them and dividing by the number of cans to get an average. Multiply the average by three to determine how much water your system releases in an hour.

Shorten cycles. With clay soils, slopes, and other areas where water runs off quickly, use short watering cycles on separate days to minimize runoff.

Inspect the system. Two clues that valves need to be repaired or replaced are leaking sprinklers or water-filled valve boxes. Fix leaks or unclog heads according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Reset frequently. At least seasonally, reset your watering schedule. Check with your local water authority for recommended irrigation schedules based on records of average weather conditions.

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Ryan McQueeney
Ryan McQueeney
18:14 07 Jun 21
Lawn and Sprinkler is always very responsive to calls and ease of scheduling a technician is wonderful. We called and... had our technician out same day to do a troubleshoot on our system. Issue was resolved timely and now we are up and running. Would highly recommend using Lawn and Sprinkler Guys for all system maintenance, repair and lawn needs.read more
Christine McDaniel
Christine McDaniel
01:11 05 Jun 21
Installation of irrigation system. Excellent customer service with scheduling. Excellent service by installers. ... Great communication. Showed up exactly when they said they would and worked long hours to complete the installation. Was surprised how great the yard was put back together. I fully recommend.read more
Rick Schaff
Rick Schaff
00:32 09 May 21
I was very pleased with the service. Greg was on time, very pleasant, and did great work. He fixed my overflow valve,... replaced two sprinkler heads and adjusted several others, all for a very reasonable fee. I would not hesitate to recommend!read more
Cole Burke
Cole Burke
18:17 05 May 21
The Lawn & Sprinkler Guys is a great company. I appreciate Cindy and Steve for their punctuality and for helping the... customers wherever they can. Steve has come to my house a few times now and always does an outstanding job of explaining things and keeping it simple for me to understand. I appreciate this company's flexibility and kind nature. If they say they're going to do something, they do it and that means a lot! I definitely recommend them and will be utilizing them for the foreseeable future.read more
BJ Schulenburg
BJ Schulenburg
17:31 05 May 21
Greg was just at our house to start up our sprinkler system. We have used your company for a number of years for all... of our sprinkler needs. Greg has been by far the best for customer service and knowledge of the system. He made some suggestions that will really help keep our lawn and gardens consistently watered. He also reprogrammed my watering schedule in less than five minutes.read more
Michelle Leone
Michelle Leone
00:58 29 Apr 21
We had our spring maintenance on the sprinkler system & back flow! Bobby’s always great, friendly & helpful! Cindy’s... awesome on scheduling! Thanks guys!read more
Mikki Johnston
Mikki Johnston
10:00 21 Apr 21
We began their routine lawn services mid-July last year and have seen the real payoff this spring. The difference is... night and day: greener, thicker, fewer weeds. And every individual we’ve spoken with has been friendly, helpful, and professional. We couldn’t be more pleased.read more
Shervin Razavian
Shervin Razavian
13:33 16 Apr 21
I cannot say enough good things about the Lawn and Sprinkler Guys, and Cody, in particular:We’ve been using the Lawn... and Sprinkler Guys for our irrigation system since we moved to our house in 2018. They are always very upfront, prompt, professional, and make sure that the job gets done properly. I was referred to them by several friends, all of whom still share the same sentiment years later.Cody has spent the most time with our yard and has always delivered an exemplary experience. He is extremely professional and honest, and as a customer you never have any doubt that he’s working in your best interest. He takes pride in his work and makes sure that there is no doubt that the job has been done right.read more
Debra Carnopis
Debra Carnopis
13:51 14 Apr 21
This company is fantastic to work with. I have used them many years and my lawn looks beautiful. They are responsive to... any concerns that come up and will make sure you are satisfied with the services they perform. I had a recent rrigation service and Bobby was great. He answered all my questions and made sure everything was running properly. I definately recommend using their company.read more
Christen Edwards
Christen Edwards
21:25 08 Apr 21
We had a great experience with The Lawn & Sprinkler Guys! They were very kind and hardworking and took extra care to... protect the grass as much as possible. I would highly recommend using them!read more
Eric Lichtmann
Eric Lichtmann
22:38 29 Mar 21
Great service and experienced. Have used their service for 3 years thru out different seasons and all good. Greg... (technician) listened to my sprinkler issues and talked me thru it. Greg was very polite, courteous, set expectations and took his time to make sure I knew what he was about to do. Greg cleaned up and put everything back in order. Billing was itemized and detailed out. Great experience overall.read more
Darrell Williams
Darrell Williams
17:15 26 Mar 21
The Lawn and Sprinkler Guys were the right choice. My neighbor used them the year before and all he could do was rave... about the irrigation system and the quality instal he received from The Lawn and Sprinkler Guys. After watching first hand the exceptional install and the fall winter prep he received, I went with this company as well.They communicated all the procedures, came back and walked through the install process then showed up on time and in 2 days I was watering the lawn with the greatest irrigation system available at a great price.Followed through with hands on training and when they left I felt completely satisfied I had chosen the right company for my lawn irrigation.I’d give them 6 stars if it were available. Family owned and family friendly.read more
Kevin Thompson
Kevin Thompson
15:42 26 Mar 21
The Lawn and Sprinkler Guys have been great to work with. They installed an irrigation system last summer and have come... out to help with some coverage questions. They have a great warranty, one of our sprinkler heads stopped working and they came out and replaced it at no charge. The first year winterization and reactivation were also included. Scott came out to set the system up and walked through how everything worked, which was great. Scheduling with Cindy is easy and she's always responsive. Greg and Cody have been out to service the system and both were friendly and did a great job. It took awhile to find an irrigation company that would call me back for a system install, but I'm glad we were able to find the Lawn and Sprinkler Guys.read more
Shane Pope
Shane Pope
19:21 17 Mar 21
Excellent service and communication. Thanks for several years of great service.
Sherri Stechmann
Sherri Stechmann
20:18 29 Oct 20
Cindy is wonderful to work with! VERY IMPRESSED, appointment was reasonable, texting OR telephone is set up for... communication! You can get on their schedule to be called for spring without having to worry about anything. Thanks guys!read more
Jonathan Bowyer
Jonathan Bowyer
21:12 21 Oct 20
We’ve used the Lawn and Sprinkler team since we moved into our house and had an irrigation system installed several... years ago. They worked with us on the initial installation, and recently added onto the system due to some landscaping improvements. In addition to the irrigation system, we use their weed/feed services and have them aerate and overseed each fall. Our lawn looks great because of their services!read more
Mark Connelly
Mark Connelly
20:06 05 Oct 20
Pros: nice workers, showed up on time, at least returned a call about concerns mentioned belowCons: charged double... what I had signed off as agreeing to for an irrigation repair and did not communicate at any time that it was going to be more than the original estimate until charging us for that amount (charged double for labor due to bringing two people). Had they actually told me it was going to be double what they had originally estimated (or that they were going to charge $200/hour for labor), I at least then could have decided to get a second opinion. Cost was $104 for initial trip/diagnosis ($80 labor), and $638 for second trip ($550 labor).read more
Brian Shoffner
Brian Shoffner
05:40 28 Aug 20
The Lawn & Sprinkler Guys installed a 6 zone lawn sprinkler system in my yard in May, 2015. I absolutely love it! My... grass is thick, green, and healthy. The price was great, the install took them a day and a half, and their staff was very communicative and super friendly. Can't recommend them highly enough!read more
John Wurm
John Wurm
21:34 19 Aug 20
This company has done my sprinklers, lawn maintenance, drainage and landscaping over the past couple of years and I... couldn’t be happier. They all do a great job, are professional, and just straight up honest and good people. I highly recommend this company.read more
Rondale Dunn
Rondale Dunn
16:08 19 Aug 20
Great company and customer service. Cindy in the front office is simply amazing! Highly recommend.
Sean Cummings
Sean Cummings
21:39 09 Aug 20
I didn’t use this company, but they ended up cutting my cable line. I asked the gentleman why they didn’t Come over to... just inquire about it and he said some people don’t like that...talked to the owner, supposedly, and he didn’t seam to care at all about cutting the cord. He said that I would have to handle that, making it seam like it was my fault or problem. I’ve spent the better part of my weekend trying to get this back up and running, which is never a fun thing when it’s not your fault. Moreover, me and my wife both work healthcare so internet is vital to us as it would be to most families. I don’t like writing this kind of stuff but when it comes to this kind of unprofessionalism and manner people should know this company just doesn’t care.read more
Andy Schuttler
Andy Schuttler
00:15 14 Jun 20
Polite and professional administrative staff. Quality of work is very dependent on the tech working with you. We’ve had... great experiences, with we’ve also had techs come on the wrong day, there have been times techs weren’t able to fix and issue without help from someone else, and we’ve had late arrivals/last minute cancellations.read more
Robert and Tamara Edmondson
Robert and Tamara Edmondson
22:43 04 Jun 20
The Lawn and Sprinkler Guys of Kansas City are no joke. They came out and did my sprinkler system and downspouts in 3... days with great gusto! They wore masked for my little one and we really approached that!read more
Cheri Mattina
Cheri Mattina
21:39 02 Jan 20
I called and made an appointment to get my sprinklers winterized. He came out in less than a week. Very nice and didn’t... take him long to do it. I will for sure do business with them again.read more
Thomas Mathews
Thomas Mathews
21:57 02 Dec 19
A great family and professional service company. They service my lawn sprinklers and now all my lawn fertilizer issues.... It will be hard to find a better and more professional company. T. Mathewsread more
Gene Schreiner
Gene Schreiner
22:30 11 Nov 19
I'm concerned that I will have problems with my sprinklers next spring since two of the 7 zones would not open. So if... there was water in those zones it did not get blown out. Also, for the 5 zones that we did get some air to come out very little water came out. Only a small mist on 3 of the zones and 2 no water mist or water came out. There was just the sound of air on those 2 zones. So in summary - two zones did not open to be blown out. Two zones only air came out. 3 zones water mist and air came out. I hope there is not water still in there that was frozen or that will freeze?read more
Matthew Thompson
Matthew Thompson
15:53 20 Sep 19
Fast and professional service for a reasonable price. We had a pipe burst in our yard's sprinkler system and they were... able to come out and fix it in no time. We will definitely be using them for our yard services again.read more
Curt Cole
Curt Cole
18:18 09 Aug 19
These guys are the best. They were really busy this summer (a good thing!) so we had to wait a bit to get the... sprinkler installation done, but their crew just finished yesterday and they were superb. It's all about experience, and these guys knew what they were doing. Scott, the owner, and Brian in the office are great too. Thanks!read more
A McReynolds
A McReynolds
22:10 31 Aug 17
All these years, working with many companies, going to many places, and I have never once filled out a negative review... online. Usually, I just take it for what it is, and make a personal choice to not use the company again. I am not a fan of giving negative reviews when it isn't necessary. However, this company has been nothing but trouble working with. I had them open my sprinkler system/check the back flow and they did not properly let the city of Olathe know, so my sprinkler was tagged and shut down by the city of Olathe. When I contacted L&S to let them know, the lady (I will not name drop on anyone personally, due to personal privacy) that answers their phone ARGUED with me and blamed the city of olathe saying it was their system. THE CITY OF OLATHE HAD TO CALL THEM to get the information and basically forced them to take care of the issue. Since I was going along thinking everything was fine before the city shut down my sprinkler, I wanted to do some of their lawn packages. Whatever they put on for their "weed killer" doesn't actually work. Keep in mind THEY STOPPED COMMUNICATING WITH ME and NEVER GOT BACK WITH ME after the city contacted them, they later had a lawyer send me a letter forcing payment of they would take me to court. When I attempted to contact the law office, I never got them to answer my call or call me back. I just paid the bill of about $150 to them personally, but completely did it against my will and to just be done. Personally, I don't feel like I owed this company anything at all. The one thing they will get from me is anytime anyone asks, whether on a public forum or personally, regardless if they even ask about Lawn & Sprinkler Guys specifically, I will inform them to RUN...RUN AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN. They will screw you over and then threaten legal action. If you screw up, and a customer suffers the consequences, you should at least call and apologize, but oh, no. All I got was, "well, the city said they would call you, I didn't feel it was necessary". IF A CUSTOMERS SERVICE IS SHUT OFF AND ITS NOT THEIR FAULT, YEA, ITS NECESSARY THAT YOU CALL. After all, who even knows if I actually needed a new black flow or not anyway at this point anyway, which mind you, was paid on the spot after job completion!!!!!!!!UPDATE: was offered to speak to the owner by the secretary (I never asked to), of course he wasn't available & was on the other line "giving a quote". Was told he would call an after his phone call. Never received that call, either. They got what they wanted after a threatening letter...my money. I could care less if I hear from them at this point. Just thought i would let everyone know that the terrible service continues. DON'T OFFER SOMETHING YOU CAN'T DELIVER.read more
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