An over-watered lawn can lead to fungus and other problems and an under-watered lawn leads to burnout and looks horrible. Check your lawn's water needs with a simple stroll across your lawn.
Photo by Pink Sherbert Photography.
You can keep on eye on your lawn with all sorts of fancy techniques and devices like soil moisture probes and calculating your sprinkler output against the area of your lawn. The easiest test — and therefore the most likely that you'll actually do it — is to simply walk across your lawn every few days and see what happens. At the home-centric blog Apartment Therapy they've highlighted the simple walking test:
To start, test your lawn by walking on it. It will tell you all by itself if it needs water. If the grass bounces back a few steps later, then things are just fine. If your footprints stay halfway or all the way down, then it's time to drag out the hose - though we suggest checking to see if rain is in the forecast first!
The amount of time it takes for the grass to return to its prior shape after walking on it indicates how well hydrated it is. (Of course, you'll need to respect any local regulations regarding watering.)
As an interesting aside you can use the same technique to check for dehydration in many animals. You don't walk on them — of course! — but you pinch the nape of their neck lightly and pull the skin up. If the animal is well hydrated the skin will slide back into place immediately. If they are dehydrated it will "stand" for awhile before sliding back down in place.
Have any easy and quick tricks for keeping your yard and garden looking great? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Do the Step Test to Know When to Water Your Lawn [Apartment Therapy]