Beat the Summer Heat: A Comprehensive Guide to Lawn Irrigation During The Warm Weather

Summer is on the horizon, and with it comes scorching temperatures that can wreak havoc on your lawn. But do not worry, homeowners! By ensuring your irrigation system is functioning optimally, you can guarantee your grass stays lush and vibrant throughout the hottest months. Here at Schendel Lawn and Landscape, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve a thriving summer lawn, and this guide will equip you with the knowledge and resources you need.

Spring Awakening: Preparing Your Irrigation System

Spring’s arrival often coincides with the activation of irrigation systems. However, if we already turned on your system in early spring, there’s a possibility the controller remained in the “off” position due to recent cold spells. A quick check is all it takes!

Locate your controller box, usually situated in your garage or near your house. Simply open the box and turn the knob to “auto” or “run” if necessary.

For those who haven’t had their irrigation system activated yet, no worries! We’ll be scheduling system turn-ons within the coming weeks and will notify you beforehand.

Fine-Tuning for Summer: Adjusting Your Water Schedule

As spring transitions into summer, the warmer days transform into scorching heat. This dramatic shift necessitates an adjustment to your irrigation schedule to ensure your lawn receives the optimal amount of water. To help you navigate this change, we’ve provided a breakdown of recommended watering times based on zone type:

  • Spring (until mid-May): Aim for 2-3 watering sessions per week, with each zone receiving water for specific durations. Rotor zones should run for 20-25 minutes, spray zones for 5-10 minutes, and drip zones for 20-30 minutes.
  • Summer: With the arrival of consistent hot weather (typically exceeding 80°F during the day), your watering frequency will likely increase to 3-4 sessions per week. Rotor zones should run for 30-45 minutes, spray zones for 10-15 minutes, and drip zones for 45 minutes.

Remember: These are general recommendations, and watering needs can vary based on several factors. Areas with significant shade will require less water compared to those bathed in direct sunlight. Similarly, lawns with a slope might need adjustments to prevent water runoff and ensure proper absorption. Early morning watering is crucial year-round, but especially during summer, as it minimizes water loss through evaporation.

Effortless Management with SMART Irrigation

For those who prefer a hands-off approach, we offer the convenient SMART Irrigation program. This program takes the guesswork out of adjusting your watering schedule. Our team of expert technicians will visit your property between mid-May and early June to make the necessary adjustments, ensuring your lawn receives the perfect amount of water throughout the hot summer months.

Let Schendel Lawn and Landscape Help You Achieve a Summer-Ready Lawn!

Whether you have questions about irrigation adjustments or are interested in exploring the benefits of our SMART Irrigation program, the team is here to assist you!

We understand the importance of a healthy lawn throughout the year, and we’re committed to providing you with the resources and expertise necessary to achieve a vibrant green oasis throughout the spring and summer seasons. Feel free to reach out to us:

Call Us: Lawrence

(785) 330-5326

Call Us: Topeka

(785) 286-0015

Or visit our irrigation page on our website: SMART Irrigation Program by Schendel Lawn & Landscape

Let’s work together to keep your lawn looking its absolute best all season long!