Up here in North Queensland we know our climate is pretty unique to the rest of the country, and so too are the watering requirements for our lawns.
As the wet season, humidity and higher temperatures approach it’s time for a quick refresher on watering our North Queensland lawns.
Getting too much water can be just as bad as not getting enough for lawns. The best advice is to keep an eye on the sky; if rain is due don’t water your lawn. Next, keep an eye on your lawn; if the leaves begin to yellow and wilt and no rain is forecast then you should water your lawn. Overall your entire lawn needs about 2.5cms of water per week – through rainfall, sprinkler or hand held hose watering. To measure how long this will take with a sprinkler or hose simple set up a tin can in the backyard, water as you normally would and time how long it takes for the can to receive 2.5cms of water. If you use an automatic sprinkler system remember to disengage it when rain is on the horizon.
Particularly in our humid climate it is best to water your lawn first thing in the morning, before it gets too hot and you lose the moisture to evaporation. Don’t water at night when it will sit on the leaves and open up the risk of fungal disease.
And if your lawn receives too much water for reasons beyond your control; such as flooding rain, don’t panic. Most modern lawn variety can quite easily withstand days of flooding before they are in real trouble. Allow any flood water to drain away before undertaking any other lawn care tasks such as mowing. If the water doesn’t drain away properly after rain on an ongoing basis, you might need to look into the drainage system at your place.
For more tips and tricks on caring for your North Queensland lawn just contact the team at Harden Park Lawns; we’re here to support you for the life of your lawn.