Water is essential to the health of turfgrass. The most common grass type in Richmond is Tall Fescue. Tall fescue does very well in this area and needs between 1 and 1.5 inches of water per week to keep it from getting drought stressed.
During periods of little to no rainfall, supplemental watering through irrigation is recommended. When using an irrigation system, first make sure that the system is calibrated properly so that water is not being wasted. This can be done by turning the system on and making sure there are no leaking or broken heads. Also make sure that the heads are adjusted to water the specified areas. If they are spraying the street, minor adjustments will need to be made to correct this.
When watering please remember that infrequent, deep watering works best. Watering daily will cause the roots to stay at the surface and can quickly become stressed. When watering deeply you encourage roots to move downward in the soil creating a deep, healthy root system. Three to four days a week, 25 to 30 minutes work best depending on your irrigation system.
How do I know how much water I am putting down? That’s easy! When watering place a tuna can in the lawn where the irrigation system is covering properly. At the end of the cycle you can pick the can up and measure the amount of water that was applied.