Your lawn is really an extension of your living space—invaluable for play, family time and entertaining. It’s also the backdrop for your home, and contributes to your neighborhood’s overall appeal. Knowing how to keep it watered—without overdoing it or wasting water—is an important part of overall home maintenance.

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How much water does your lawn need? That will depend on your soil, but generally, your lawn will need at least an inch of water every week, ideally in two half-inch increments.

Follow these additional tips to keep your lawn healthy and green, using the least amount of water.

      1. Check first with your local ordinances for any weather-related restrictions. There may be limits on the amounts of water you can use, or even the time of day you can water your lawn.
      2. If you have an automatic system, water your lawn in the wee hours of the morning, so the moisture has a chance to soak in before evaporating.
      3. Let your grass grow a little taller this year—it’ll protect against the sun’s rays, and longer grass will help keep the moisture in.
      4. Most newer mowers offer a mulching option. Not only is mulching your clippings easier than bagging, it also is better for your lawn—and helps to conserve water by cutting down on evaporation.
      5. Tempted to set your sprinkler out unattended? If you do, be sure to use a sprinkler timer—because it’s easy to forget. It’s not only a soggy mess—it’s a waste of water. You might want to test your sprinkler by placing an empty can in its path, to gauge how long it takes to accumulate a half-inch of inch of water.

Along with any or all of the above, remember to use a good lawn fertilizer, like GreenView Lawn Food with GreenSmart – its unique ingredients help speed root growth to improve nutrient absorption—so your lawn is better able to access available water resources and protect it against heat and drought.

You can find more detailed information about keeping your lawn well-watered here, along with other articles on general lawn care, in the GreenView Lawn How-To.