Posting some friendly reminders as we go into our summer months and start watering our lawns.

by Mescalero Apache Tribe | April 27, 2020 10:43 am

The following are some general questions you might have.

Q: How often should a lawn be watered in summer?

A: 20 minutes, 3 times per week will get an inch of water on your lawn. 30 minutes 3 times per week will get 1 ½” water on the lawn.

Q: Is it OK to water lawn in the heat of the day?

A: Rapid evaporation makes watering in the middle of the day wasteful. The best time to water grass is in the early morning. Wind and heat are usually minimal at this time, and the majority of the water will reach the lawn.

Q: Why is watering grass at night bad?

A: If you water lawn at night in summer, the lack of evaporation provides time for the pathogens to infiltrate your grass. Morning watering allows time for evaporation and soil absorption, keeping foliage dry overnight. Overwatering any time of day, however, causes major lawn problems.

Q: Should I water my grass every day in the summer?

A: For best results, water your lawn thoroughly three times a week if we do not get significant rainfall. In hot, dry weather, water shrubs and flowers daily. Morning, around 6 to 8 a.m., is the best time to water.

Mescalero Utilities Department is asking tribal members to use water wisely when watering their lawns. If not, we can drain our storage water tanks rapidly which will take a couple of days to refill. This would also cause low water pressure and water shortages for the communities.

If you see a water break, please report water breaks to Mescalero Utilities Department at 575-464-4311.

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