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Old 07-20-2022, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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After weeks of little to no rain, it rained about 5-6” on Monday. Since then, we’ve had temperatures in the mid 90’s and we’re getting more hot weather throughout this upcoming weekend. On Wednesday I saw a lot of people in my neighborhood watering their lawns, which I found strange on light of the heavy rain just two days prior. I stuck a screwdriver in the soil and it went through easy, so I figured it was still moist enough to not need to water so soon. A Google search results in conflicting information on the subject. What would you guys do?
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Old 07-21-2022, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Like you did, check the depth of the moisture in the soil. A lot of the crappy soil these days doesn't hold the moisture for long.
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Old 07-21-2022, 07:26 AM
 
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After weeks of little to no rain, it rained about 5-6” on Monday. Since then, we’ve had temperatures in the mid 90’s and we’re getting more hot weather throughout this upcoming weekend. On Wednesday I saw a lot of people in my neighborhood watering their lawns, which I found strange on light of the heavy rain just two days prior. I stuck a screwdriver in the soil and it went through easy, so I figured it was still moist enough to not need to water so soon. A Google search results in conflicting information on the subject. What would you guys do?
I can’t see wasting any water on watering a lawn, ever! IMO, it’s just a waste of natural resources that are limited and being used just for appearances.

We have a half acre of lawn and just keep it a littler taller durning July and August so the roots stay cooler and the lawn looks decent. It’s not something I need to showcase so that it looks great for others to see
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Old 07-21-2022, 07:58 AM
 
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Some of my neighbors seem to think that watering during a thunderstorm is a good thing. Or their sprinkler controllers do.
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Old 07-21-2022, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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I can’t see wasting any water on watering a lawn, ever! IMO, it’s just a waste of natural resources that are limited and being used just for appearances.

We have a half acre of lawn and just keep it a littler taller durning July and August so the roots stay cooler and the lawn looks decent. It’s not something I need to showcase so that it looks great for others to see

Thank you that was very helpful.
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Old 07-21-2022, 10:49 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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With our rain lasting through early July, I have not had to water yet this summer. When it starts to turn brown I'll give it a good watering, usually just 203 times in August. There are nearby common areas with sprinkler systems where we have seen the water going while it's raining, because they set it on in July and leave it until about October. That may be the case with your neighbors, automatic sprinklers without a rain sensor. How long to wait after a heavy rain depends on the temperature, soil condition, and exposure to the sun. my front lawn, for example, faces north, and only one small corner of it gets any direct sun. That part turns brown first.
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Old 07-21-2022, 10:55 AM
 
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Depends.

Right now it's 106-108 here, so even if we were to get an afternoon shower (we're not) the ground would be completely dry and cracked again twelve hours later. If it's March or November and the ground's already saturated when it rains yet again, it might be weeks before irrigation is needed.

Water when the grass starts looking stressed.
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Old 07-21-2022, 12:00 PM
 
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I don't water ever water grass. I also don't water (most) perennials unless it hasn't rained in a few weeks. My annuals (in ground, window boxes and pots) and newly planted (this season) perennials get watered every 24 hours or so; perhaps a bit longer if I know rain is definitely coming. Got a HUGE soaking Monday afternoon/ evening and we watered again Wednesday.
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Old 07-21-2022, 12:08 PM
 
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I can’t see wasting any water on watering a lawn, ever! IMO, it’s just a waste of natural resources that are limited and being used just for appearances.

We have a half acre of lawn and just keep it a littler taller durning July and August so the roots stay cooler and the lawn looks decent. It’s not something I need to showcase so that it looks great for others to see
LOL! My lawn would be dead without watering it. And that is a look that I could not tolerate.
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Old 07-21-2022, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville NC
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I've never watered my lawn. If you have to water your lawn, you have the wrong kind of grass.
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