Watering Lawns During A Texas Summer

May 17, 2023 | 0 comments

Watering Lawns During A Texas Summer

With the scorching Texas heat, June presents a challenge to North Texas homeowners who want to maintain a thriving lawn and garden. It’s a pivotal month for irrigation, as spring showers dwindle and summer temperatures begin to soar. Knowing how and when to be watering lawns during a Texas summer can significantly impact the health and vitality of your outdoor space. Here are some key tips to keep your North Texas trees and garden lush and vibrant throughout the Texas summer months.

Texas Summer Watering Care

  1. Water Early or Late: By choosing to water your plants early or later in the day, you avoid watering your plants during the hottest part of the day (usually between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.). Watering during the hottest times can lead to quick evaporation and the wasting more water than necessary. Instead, we recommend that you aim to water your garden early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler, and less evaporation is likely to occur.
  2. Deep, Infrequent Watering: Rather than frequent, shallow watering, it’s better to water your plants deeply but less frequently. This practice mimics the natural patterns of rain and ultimately encourages your plants to develop a deeper root system, making them more resistant to drought and heat. Lawns typically need about 1 inch of water per week, which can be provided in one session or split into two sessions throughout the week.
  3. Monitor Soil Moisture: Don’t just rely on a set schedule; instead, keep a close eye on the soil moisture levels. This allows you to supply your yard with hydration as needed, rather than risking over watering or under watering. If the soil is still moist 2 inches down, it’s not time to water yet. On the other hand, if the soil is dry and crumbly, it’s definitely time to water! We recommend that those with yards invest in a simple soil moisture meter for accurate readings, they are usually stocked in most stores that have lawn care departments.
  4. Mulching: The practice of mulching helps retain the soil’s moisture, reduces evaporation, and keeps the soil temperature consistent. Apply 2-3 inches of organic mulch around your plants and trees, ensuring it’s not touching the plant stems directly. Be sure that you are using the proper mulch and technique for the plants that you have in your yard.
  5. Watering Newly Planted Plants: Newly planted trees or shrubs require more frequent watering until their roots are well-established. Generally, they should be watered daily for the first couple of weeks, then gradually decrease the frequency. We recommend that you learn what the specific needs are for any new trees that you plant in your yard to ensure you are watering it enough and not too much!
  6. Adapting to Rainfall: North Texas can occasionally experience heavy rainstorms during June. If this happens, adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Your lawn and garden might not need additional watering for several days after a significant rain. It may also need more frequent watering should our area experience drought or a period of excessively dry weather.
  7. Smart Irrigation Systems: If you’re finding it hard to manage your watering schedule, consider installing a smart irrigation system. These systems can be programmed based on weather conditions and your specific landscape needs, providing your garden with the right amount of water at the right time. Many of them can even be programed using online or smart phone apps with the simple touch of a button.
  8. Conservation First: With water being a precious resource, it’s essential to use it wisely. Fix any leaks promptly, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation for deep watering, and choose drought-tolerant plants for your garden.

Remember that each tree and garden is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Caring for your North Texas lawn means keeping an eye on your plants for signs of water stress, such as wilting or yellowing leaves. If your plants show these signs, they might need more water, or the issue could be something else entirely. Consider consulting with a local expert arborist, like the ones we have here at Tree Tech.

Your Texas lawns is a living, growing ecosystem that depends heavily on the balance of watering. By following these Texas Summer tips, you can help ensure your North Texas garden remains healthy and beautiful, even in the challenging climatic conditions of June.