North Texas Grass Watering Guide

grass watering guide north texas

Watering your grass doesn’t have to be rocket science, but a lot of people ask the questions: How much, what time of day, and does it depend on the season and types of grasses?

The following are some basic guidelines for watering turf grasses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Individual specifics will vary, and you should always be ready to modify your watering schedule based on local conditions.

Time of day:

Always set your sprinkler system to water between 5AM and 10AM

Important: In order to establish strong, healthy roots, its always best to water deeply and thoroughly, rather than more frequently.

Spring Watering

As we enter into Spring, our lawns and landscaping begin to come out of winter dormancy, which requires less water than during the summer months.

Based on your sprinkler system, our recommended watering practices are as follows:

  • Zone sprinkler systems is once a week
  • Spray sprinkler heads is 12 minutes a week
  • Rotary Sprinkler Heads is 26 minutes a week 
  • Landscaping and drip line underground watering is 20 minutes per week

At this time of the year, roots are beginning to wake up and need to be fed. Spring air temperatures will start to climb into the 70-80’s and evaporation begins to occur between 10am and 6pm.

Bermudagrass, St Augustine & Zoysiagrass:

  • Frequency: 1 time a week
  • Pop-up heads: 12 minutes per zone
  • Rotary heads: 26 minutes per zone

Summer Watering

During the heat of the Summer, it can be tempting to water your grass everyday. This is not only impractical, but it is also inefficient. Your goal when watering, either manually or with an irrigation system, is to maintain a beautiful lawn while conserving water. By following the Summer watering guide below, you will achieve the optimum results for your turf grass.

Bermudagrass:

  • Frequency: 2 times a week
  • Pop-up heads: 15 minutes per zone
  • Rotary heads: 30-34 minutes per zone

St Augustine & Zoysiagrass:

  • Frequency: 2 times a week
  • Pop-up heads: 15 minutes per zone
  • Rotary heads: 30 minutes per zone

Fall Watering

Although temperatures may be dropping, watering in the Fall is still critical to the health of your turf grass. However, too much water can cause just as much damage as not enough water. Adjust your water output at the beginning of the season to prevent over-saturating your roots. Following the Fall watering guide below to find the perfect watering balance for your lawn.

Bermudagrass:

  • Frequency: 2 times a week
  • Pop-up heads: 12 minutes per zone
  • Rotary heads: 26 minutes per zone

St Augustine & Zoysiagrass:

  • Frequency: 2 times a week
  • Pop-up heads: 12 minutes per zone
  • Rotary heads: 26 minutes per zone

 

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