Summer lawn watering tips

Jul 23, 2021, 10:11 AM by Fred Speer

Even though Clark Pest Control is known for its ability to eliminate rodents, ants, cockroaches, and a wide array of other pests, it also has a green thumb. Helping you maintain healthy lawns, trees, and shrubs is a job that Clark – your friendly termite, grounds care, and pest management expert – knows quite a bit about.

No two lawns are exactly alike. Lawns may differ by turf species, soil type, climate, and location, along with how they are used and how they are maintained. Clark Pest Control can tailor a program with the specifics of your lawn and yard in mind.

As the dry, drought-like conditions persist through the summer months, your lawn is often denied the one thing it needs the most to thrive – water.

Is watering an art or a science?

Giving your lawn and landscape plants the water they need to withstand drought-like conditions can provide a challenge. Clark recommends that you adhere to and follow all local watering regulations. For a list of watering restrictions, consult the online resources of your local government or water service provider.

Proper watering is not as easy as turning on the sprinkler or hose once a week. Instead, proper watering is more of an art than a science.

When watering your lawn, wet the soil to a 3- or 4-inch depth. Normally, this should create enough reserve moisture in the soil that you probably will not need to water again for several days.

It’s best to water an established lawn heavily and infrequently to promote healthy root growth. The most common mistake with irrigation systems is that they generally apply light water daily. This can lead to shallow rooting and disease problems.

Early morning is the best time to water your lawn. Doing this will give it the moisture it needs to withstand hot, dry weather.  Watering in the evening can result in too much standing water in the root zone, which can lead to turf disease.

A few watering tips:

  • -Avoid light, frequent watering. A more thorough watering will help turf roots to grow more deeply and will establish a healthier lawn.

  • -Avoid watering too frequently, as too much water can lead to disease problems.

  • -Check your soil moisture by pushing a screwdriver into the ground. If you meet little resistance, the soil is wet. If it doesn’t push in easily, more water is needed.

  • -Your lawn needs a minimum of 1½ inches of water weekly.

  • -Early morning is the best time to water.

  • -If your lawn appears to be stressed or shows signs of summer dormancy, raise your mowing height to 2½ to 3 inches.

Clark Pest Control is committed to safeguarding your home from pests during these challenging times. Our service technicians use such personal protective equipment as gloves, masks, and respirators, they practice social distancing, they call ahead to notify you before a service, and they adhere strictly to all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines when servicing inside or outside your home.

If you have questions on how to care for your lawn, call or text (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or email us at We are ready to help solve your pest and grounds care issues.

Until next time, the pest management professionals at Clark Pest Control thank you for helping to keep unwanted pests out of your home.


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