Ask a landscaper – Should I change watering times with the seasons?
Hi Nick, my wife and I are having a disagreement. She does not believe that there is reason to change the time we water our lawn with winter approaching, while I have heard that it is best to water your lawn mid-morning in winter. Please can you help settle this one – Sidney.
Good day Sidney, thank you for your question regarding watering times. As the seasons change so should your watering. As we move into the cooler months I would recommend watering your lawns and flowerbeds in the morning at around 7am. Should you water at night or even earlier than 7am you may put your lawns and flowerbeds at risk of forming frost on the leaves overnight.
Watering at 7am helps to wash away any moisture that has formed into ice crystals overnight. The ice crystals that form on the leaves do the actual burning as they act as magnifying glasses. The latest I would water my lawns and flowerbeds during the day in winter would be about 2pm, this would allow most of the water to soak in or evaporate.
As we move into the summer months again from August, you can and should water your gardens at night. If using municipal water (check the water restrictions time table, they have been lifted but there are still recommended watering times) or borehole water to water at night be aware of the fact that this can sometimes cause fungal infections on your plants due to the metals/chemicals in the water.
What the landscaper does: Summer: 5am or 8pm (if you water earlier, the ground is still hot and a lot of evaporation takes place), so by 8pm the ground is cooler and thus less evaporation. Winter: 7am only no watering in the afternoon
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Who is Nicholas Spargo?
Nicholas Spargo, owner of Spargo Landscape Consultants, has been in the landscape trade for 12 years as well as being a lecturer at the Lifestyle Garden Design Centre for the past year. He was awarded a Gold for a design at the Lifestyle Garden Design Centre Design Show in 2008, is an Invasive Species Consultant and is affiliated with the South African Green Industries Council.
Landscaping and education are very close to his heart.