6 Factors to Consider When Formulating a Watering Schedule For Your Lawn and Shrubs

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6 Factors to consider when formulating a watering schedule for your lawn and shrubs:

  1. Is the area subject to intense sun, shade or a combination of both?
  2. What is the topography?  Flat, sloped or a combination of both?
  3. Is the property open and experience windy conditions?
  4. Is the area in close proximity to the residence or foundation?
  5. Does the property drain well?
  6. What is the soil type?

In many cases, zones will be a combination of these factors.  A watering schedule needs to be “fine-tuned” through careful consideration of all the above factors.  DKC professionals will provide the knowhow and techniques to achieve the proper watering schedule.  Call us today!


When establishing a start time for the watering schedule, factors such as water pressure, wind, evaporation, and foot traffic are all taken into consideration.  Studies show that the optimum time to run your system is between 2:00 AM and 10:00 AM.


It is generally agreed that your lawn and landscape benefit from deep watering with time in-between to allow the soil to dry sufficiently.  This will promote deep root growth.  However, the high clay content of soil in the Bucks County area does not allow extended run times without runoff or puddling, which wastes water and can damage your turf.  Therefore, a watering frequency of 2 to 3 times a week should be sufficient.  Under extremely hot and dry conditions increased frequency of watering may be required.

Helpful Hint: A beneficial practice to eliminate run-off or pooling during a watering cycle is to split the watering time in half and create a second start time right after the first cycle is complete. This allows time for the water to percolate into the soil. This is called “Cycle and Soak”.

NOTE:  Precipitation rates vary among irrigation systems dependent on pressure, system design, head type and nozzle size.  The run times for proper turf care should yield approximately 1 inch of irrigation weekly varying with individual systems. Increase or decrease run times and/or frequency depending on weather conditions.  Be careful not to overwater your turf and ornamental plantings.  Overwatering typically results in more damage than underwatering.

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