For most people, watering the lawn is nothing more than putting out the sprinkler and turning on the hose.

Here are 4 things people get wrong when watering their lawn, and what to do instead.

1. Watering a healthy lawn

Generally—unless you live in an especially arid climate—your lawn gets enough moisture from rainfall. Exceptions to this would include brand new lawns that have yet to establish a solid root structure or during extended periods of hot, dry weather. If you must water a normal lawn, wait until the green colour becomes dull and footprints remain visible in the grass.

2. Watering too frequently

Don’t water every day. Water occasionally, but make sure you soak the ground. A heavy watering will push moisture deep into the soil, and infrequent watering will encourage the grass to depend on moisture in the soil, forcing it to develop deep roots. Deep roots are critical for a drought-resistant lawn.

Aim for 1/2″ of water twice per week. This may take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. To be sure, set out empty tuna cans around your yard. When they’re all full, turn off the sprinkler. Also, keep an eye out for uneven watering.

3. Watering too late in the day

When you do water, aim for between 6:00 and 10:00 in the morning. It’s too hot between 11:00 and 3:00, so much of the water will simply evaporate before it has a chance to penetrate the soil. Watering at night encourages mildew and fungus. If there’s no way to water in the morning, the next best time is between 4:00 and 7:00 in the evening, when the heat of the day is dropping, but it’s not too cool.

4. Being afraid of brown grass

Don’t give into the pressure of a lush, green grass during a drought. Grass is resilient, and can tolerate drought conditions for up to 2 months. When rainfall returns, the grass will jump back to life. So, let it go brown. That being said, dormant lawns don’t do well under traffic, so if you anticipate play, pets, or parties on your lawn, consider helping it out during the dry spells.

If you want to have a healthy lawn while also saving on water costs, do it the smart way. We all know that too little water can result in a dry, dead lawn, but too much water can cause disease.

Follow these 4 tips to save time and money when you water your lawn. Do you have other lawn watering tips we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.