Don't Stop Watering in the Fall

Lawn Care

Do I need to water my grass in the fall?  

Fall is here and many of our customers have the same question. Is it ok to stop watering? NO! Now is the prime growing season for your fescue lawn. 

Your grass is working hard to repair itself from the stress and heat of the summer and to prepare itself for the winter to come. Fertility and water are essential to this process. We at Virginia Green have your fertility covered, but watering your grass is up to you and mother nature. 

How much should I water my grass in the fall?  

If you have recently aerated and seeded it is important to water your lawn light and frequently. Until the seed has germinated, watering twice per day to the point of light puddling is key. Once the seedlings have reached 2 inches tall, watering can be cut back to once daily. For established turf, watering 2 to 3 times per week for a weekly total of 1.5 inches is advised. This deep, infrequent watering allows the soil to dry between watering’s which causes the roots to grow deeper and stronger. Doing this will lead to a lusher, fuller and healthier lawn. To measure the amount of water being applied, place rain gauged or several flat bottom pie plates or cans (tuna cans are recommended) around the lawn.  

When should I turn off my irrigation system in Virginia? 

For our climate here in Virginia, we recommend watering up until at least Thanksgiving before winterizing your irrigation system. 

Continuing to water your lawn during the fall fall is essential to its success now and next spring. Keep watering for a lush healthy lawn!