While some parts of the world can be a little casual with their lawn watering schedule-or even just leave it to nature; Hawaii lawn care is a little more involved.
In a warm climate like this, you need to put some real thought into what time and how often you water your lawn.
You might be surprised to learn just how many factors play a role in when the ideal watering time is.
The short answer to night-time watering is yes, you should water your lawn at night. But it's not what you might be thinking when we say that.
Read on, and we'll break down exactly why night-time is the best time for a bit of Hawaii landscaping.
When Should I Water My Lawn?
"Night-time" is a bit vague, we get it.
There's a lot of hours during the night, and the conditions can be quite different depending on which of those hours you choose.
The best time to water your lawn is a couple of hours before sunrise.
Anytime during the day will likely result in the water evaporating far too quickly.
On the other hand, watering in the late evening can leave the grass wet for too long, which may lead to bacterial and fungal growth.
Watering a little before the sun comes up will give your lawn enough time to absorb the water before the heat of the day evaporates the excess.
This should reduce the chances of anything unwanted springing up in your garden.
Other Factors That Make Night-Watering Better
Another thing to consider when watering your lawn is wind.
It is often less windy in the dark of early mornings as the colder night air settles, and before the heat of the day starts stirring things up.
This makes it much easier to get an even distribution of water on your lawn and avoid patchiness.
Perhaps the least intuitive reason to water your lawn at night is the water pressure.
Any water delivery system has a limit to what it can deliver at one time.
The more people using water at once, the lower the pressure will be coming out of your faucets.
One thing you can be sure of in the early hours of the morning is that there won't be many people up and about.
Contrast this with a few hours later when people are getting ready for work, taking showers and making coffee.
We can't all be Hawaii lawn and landscape experts.
Still, with a little consideration into how and when you water your garden, you could have a lawn that looks like it was maintained by an expert.
Of course, these are not absolute rules; remember, some water is better than none.
If your sprinkler breaks down, or you sleep through your alarm, it's better to water your lawn under the blazing heat of a windy afternoon with weak water pressure than to not water it at all.